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Construction accidents involving scaffolds could be life-changing

Scaffolding can be life-threatening structures, and related safety regulations are strict. Many injuries in construction accidents result from collapsing scaffolds or falls from scaffolds due to safety violations. Victims of scaffolding accidents in New York may suffer long-term consequences.

Along with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, state safety authorities work to improve safety and protect workers who are exposed to the hazards of scaffolds. Scaffolding must be carefully planned and designed to fit the requirements of the project for which it is required. Regulations show that the maximum intended load must be calculated, and the scaffold must be able to support four times that weight along with its own weight.

Furthermore, it must be fitted with toeboards, guardrails and midrails. Workers must be equipped with fall protection, and there must be secure anchor points for the lanyards that must arrest falls. The planks used for scaffolding must be of the appropriate standard and no boxes, barrels, loose concrete blocks, bricks or other unstable objects must be present on scaffolds. Also, the structures must be the required distance from any power lines.

These are but some of the safety rules that may prevent scaffold-related construction accidents. Injured workers are entitled to file workers' compensation benefits claims with the state's insurance program. Many victims secure the services of an experienced New York workers' compensation attorney to assist them with the claims process and obtaining the maximum benefits. Along with medical expenses, benefits typically cover lost income, with the time period for coverage determined by the severity of the injury.

Source: consumersafety.org, "Scaffolding Accidents", Lindsey Pasieka, Accessed on Nov. 3, 2017

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