Three ways to avoid scaffolding injuries

If the number of cranes across the skyline is any indication, the construction industry in New York City is still going strong despite news of interest rate hikes earlier this year. This optimism applies to both the residential and commercial construction markets.  With all the construction projects currently going or expected to start in 2017, it is important for contractors and construction workers across the city must adhere to safety rules involving scaffolds.

Indeed, construction sites are inherently dangerous, but it is always surprising how many workers are injured in falls. It only takes a fall from six feet above ground to cause serious injuries. So for every foot higher in the air a worker is working, the chances of suffering a fatal injury increase.

As such, construction site workers and their supervisors should be aware of the following: 

Full scaffolding inspections – Supervisors would be well served to inspect all scaffolding (as well as fixtures) before work begins each day. After all, defects, no matter how slight, could lead to a collapse.

Guardrail inspections – In the same vein, workers and supervisors should inspect all guardrails to make certain that all safety measures perform when necessary.

Require safety belts for everyone – As noted earlier, the higher up workers are, the greater the chance for workers to be seriously injured. Because of this, workers working 10 feet or higher above the ground should be required to use safety belts.

Sightline views –All work being conducted on scaffolding should be in plain view of supervisors.

If a contractor fails to adhere to these guidelines, and an injury occurs as a result, the contractor could be held liable

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