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Scaffold safety is crucial for PA construction workers

For construction workers in Pennsylvania, working on scaffolds can be a common occurrence. However, scaffolds can also be the cause of significant injury, especially when proper protections are not in place. Our legal team at Friday & Cox LLC, knows all too well the dangers posed to workers regularly using scaffolds. Injuries can often be severe, and may require the need for extended medical treatment.   

The Scaffold Industry Association offers guidance on a specific type of scaffold known as a mast climber. Scaffold positioning is just one of many important considerations. Many job sites feature a number of high traffic areas, and erecting a mast climber in these locations can greatly increase risk. For example, a scaffold situated too closely entranced and exit doors can pose a threat to all workers in a given area.

While using a mast climber, implementing continual checks that the set-up remains safe is vital. Any potentially dangerous conditions require an immediate stoppage of work, with a subsequent follow-up to a person of authority on the work site. Conditions can change rapidly, which entails constant reassessment of workplace safety to minimize risks.

The mast climber itself should also be inspected for safety. A sturdy foundation is essential when selecting a location for the scaffold, and it should be flush with the structure workers are using it to access. Weather can also impact the safety of a scaffold; be sure to revisit plans in the event that inclement weather alters work site conditions in any way. Please visit our website to learn more about your options when suffering from scaffold-related injuries during the course of work. 

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