Scaffold accidents are common at construction sites. Most often, scaffolding accidents happen due to faulty equipment or poor maintenance. These accidents may lead to life-threatening injuries or death. New York State Labor Law protects workers involved in scaffolding-related accidents.

OSHA Safety Standards for Workers Using Scaffolds

OSHA training requirements: OSHA training requirements specify types of lumber, weight limits of particular designs and required inspection periods for scaffoldings. Common topics covered in training include:

  • OSHA standards and regulations
  • Erecting or disassembling scaffolds
  • Fall protection
  • Required personal protective equipment
  • Material handling
  • Working platform safety
  • Clean pathway specifications
  • Planning

OSHA suggests additional topics for training when working with different scaffolds like tubular welded-frame scaffolds, tube and clamp scaffolds, and system scaffolds.

OSHA fall protection requirements: OSHA fall protection requirements vary according to the type of scaffolding. In all cases, the employer is responsible for providing fall protection for workers.

OSHA restrictions on power line proximity: OSHA restricts the distance from the power lines to scaffolding. Depending on the type of electric or power lines, scaffolding must be at least 3 to 10 feet away.

Construction Accident Attorney in White Plains, NY

If you have been injured in a scaffolding accident at a construction site, then contact a construction accident attorney. Attorney William H. Cooper, a construction accident attorney in White Plains, NY has successfully represented clients in matters related to construction site injuries. Call 718-619-4215 for a free consultation with Attorney William H. Cooper.