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How can a fall off of a scaffold happen?

On Behalf of | Aug 9, 2023 | Workers' Compensation

When you are on a construction site among professionals, you may not imagine that a fall could happen. However, due to a variety of factors, you could find yourself dealing with injuries and worrying about workers’ compensation after a fall off of a scaffold.

These structures and the people on them can cause you to trip and fall, and learning more about why that may happen can help you after this incident.

Open wires and electrical shocks

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, construction scaffolding sites that have loose wires above them can give workers shocks and leave them in pain. The suddenness of this shock, usually from a live wire that should be off, can make you fall over the edge of a scaffold or platform.

Items on the ground

When a coworker of yours decides to throw a heavy tool instead of walking it to the other end of the platform, it may fall on your head from above or hit you on the side of your head. That impact can send you falling down to the ground.

People leaving these tools out in the middle of a walkway is another problem. Since they are so small, you may not spot them and could trip on them while navigating your way around the scaffold.

Lack of railings

When the scaffold is not properly constructed, you may not have any railings to hold onto as you move around. This lack of safety features can make it hard to stay upright.

After a fall from a scaffold, you should make sure you understand the factors and influences that led to your injury.