The Importance of Scaffold Safety Measures

Attorney Mark Rufo PC

From high rises and three-story buildings to highways, New Hampshire construction workers are a crucial part of a healthy economy. This profession is also one of the most dangerous. We often assist clients in filing a workers’ compensation claim after an on-the-job injury and help file appeals for denied claims.

According to the American Society of Safety Professionals, scaffolding citations are among the most commonly issued OSHA violations. Millions of construction workers use them daily, and thousands of injuries occur annually.

Appropriate scaffolding types

Established procedures for the use of scaffolding, as well as the construction and operations of this equipment, help keep workers safe. The original standards, set in 1969, have evolved as components, materials and technology have advanced. Today there is a broad range of worksite options available.

Using the appropriate design and materials for the site is a critical component of maintaining a safe workplace. A person with the knowledge and training to perform the analysis and resolve problems can help reduce risk and minimize injuries. Several factors affect the type of scaffolding used, such as the following:

  • Expected platform loads
  • Number of work levels
  • Safe access and fall protection

On-site safety requirements

Modular scaffolding may work best on sites with piping and obstructions. Tubular welded frame construction is easily assembled and disassembled. Guardrails are a type of passive fall protection that can prevent falls without hindering the work environment. Employers must also train employees on how to put the scaffolding systems up, maintain them and remove them correctly.

If you sustain injuries while on a job, promptly applying for workers’ compensation benefits is key to receiving the care you need to heal correctly.