If your job requires that you use scaffolding, then it is very important that you follow all rules and these dos and don’ts. Deciding not to follow them not only increases your chance of suffering a personal injury, but also means that you might not have grounds to sue for damages if you are injured due to someone else’s negligence.
Keep reading to get the basic dos and don’ts but if you have already been injured, contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation as soon as possible.
Do: Follow All Safety Guidelines
Your employer should have provided safety guidelines. Make sure that you follow these. If possible, ask for them in writing. Study them. Know what is expected of you and what they consider best practices. This can help keep you safe.
Don’t: Climb Bracing
There is no reason to climb bracing. Follow the correct procedures to get to where you need to go. Bracing has enough to do – it does not need to also handle the weight and stress of being climbed on by workers.
Do: Report Any Unsafe Scaffolding Conditions
In the event that you notice scaffolding that is unsafe for any reason, you should notify your employer immediately. If they do not make any changes or otherwise do not seem to take your situation seriously, be sure that you document your complaints in writing. Document their responses, too.
Don’t: Take Unnecessary Risks with Rolling Scaffolding
If you are dealing with rolling scaffolding, make sure that you do not ride on it. Do not move it by yourself or without sufficient help. Do not use it for any purpose other than the purpose for which it is intended.
Do: Report Any Scaffolding-Related Injuries
If you are injured due to issues with scaffolding, report your injury to your supervisor. Get medical care. Even if you do not think your injuries are serious, talk to a medical professional who can assure you that is the case. Remember that many of the most common injuries caused by scaffolding accidents do not hurt immediately.
Don’t: Hesitate to Contact Us for Help
If you have suffered an injury due to scaffolding in your job, please contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation. Even if the injury was partially your fault, you could still be eligible for workers’ compensation. Depending on the situation, you might need to file a personal injury claim. Call now and let us get started working for you right away.