Workers in the construction industry face a significant number of on-the-job risks, and understandably so. The nature of construction work is dangerous, and hazards such as falling objects, dangerous machinery and more can cause serious harm. This is far from the full extent of hazards, and these types of workplace accidents are dwarfed by a specific type of risk -- scaffold accidents.
A lot of construction work in Texas occurs high above the ground, requiring scaffolds. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has strict safety requirements regarding the use of scaffolds. For example, OSHA requires that a scaffold and all its components must be able to support the full weight of the structure as well as four times that of the intended load. Suspension ropes must be able to support six times the intended load. These are just two of many OSHA requirements.
Unfortunately, many construction companies overlook these types of requirements. Whether an employer is trying to cut costs or minimize downtime for repairing safety risks, these actions put the workers in danger. Workers might want to believe that employers are always looking out for their safety, but the reality is that scaffolding accidents are the most common type of construction site accidents.
There are financial penalties for failing to adhere to OSHA requirements, but this does not appear to deter some construction companies in Texas from playing with workers' safety. However, it is possible for victims of workplace accidents to hold employers and affiliated parties responsible for their injuries. Successfully navigating a personal injury claims can be confusing though, especially for a person who is not familiar with demonstrating another person's negligence. While this may feel frustrating, an experienced attorney may be able to provide insight on a victim's unique situation.