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How can you get hurt on a scaffold?

On Behalf of | Jul 24, 2023 | Workers' Compensation |

Being aware of how dangerous scaffolds are can help you as you continue to work. There are a variety of ways that scaffolds can put you in danger, either because of the construction process or the coworkers on them with you.

Learning about how this kind of accident happens is important if you are suffering from an injury on a construction site.

Total collapse

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, a scaffold that does not have a competent person check it can collapse. This can happen when it does not support the necessary amount of weight it should, which may not seem obvious to people climbing on at first glance.

When your coworkers or bosses fail to account for collapses, you may suffer from spinal cord or head trauma.


As you climb high up on a scaffold, coworkers who push or shove you can make you fall over the railing. Those few feet to the ground can leave you with serious injuries in your neck or spine. Falls can also happen when a plank gives out or a loose tool causes you to slip.

Dropped objects

A falling hammer or other heavy tool can leave you with long-term injuries, especially if someone above you drops it. Not only can it land on your head but it can also knock you off the scaffold if it hits you with enough force.

Staying aware of how scaffolds can leave you with serious injuries is key. Contact YOUR Workers’ Compensation Specialist for a free, no-obligation consultation to learn how we can help you. Call 610-892-9300 or reach us online.