When working on scaffold, it's imperative that you know what you can do to remain safe at all times. Any accident, regardless of the cause, can result in serious injury or even death.
Here are some of the many scaffold safety tips you can follow:
- Always follow the manufacturer's instructions when it comes time to put the scaffold together
- Don't work on scaffold in inclement weather, such as strong winds or heavy rain
- Don't use any scaffold that is damaged or defective
- Level the scaffold after each time it is moved to a new location
- Never jump from one scaffold to another
- Don't partake in any horseplay on scaffold
- Keep all loose items in a safe place, as to prevent them from falling to the ground below
- Use safety harnesses when necessary
- Never throw anything from scaffold to the ground below
- Don't move scaffold when somebody is standing on it
As someone who regularly works on scaffold, you may be familiar with some or all of these safety tips. Even so, it doesn't mean that you will always remember these.
If you are involved in a scaffold accident, such as falling from height, you should remain where you are until help arrives. When you receive immediate medical attention, there is less chance of a long-term injury.
If you find that you are unable to return to work in the near future, you may be able to file a claim for workers' compensation benefits. Don't delay in doing so, as you only have so much time to file a claim. If it's denied, learn more about the appeals process.
Source: Amerisafe, "Basic Scaffold Safety," accessed Aug. 18, 2017