Texas Construction Scaffolding Safety

When you are a Texas construction worker, your chances of being injured are higher than those in most other jobs. Being in a hazardous industry, it is important that you educate yourself about ways to stay safe. One of the most common Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) citations involves unsafe scaffolding, and they estimate that proper safety could prevent about 4,500 injuries and 50 fatalities each year.

OSHA's recommendation for scaffolding safety include:

  • Erecting scaffolds on solid footing. It must be sound, rigid, and sufficient to carry its own weight, plus four times the maximum intended load without settling or displacement.
  • It must not be erected, moved, dismantled, or altered except under the supervision of a competent person.
  • They must be equipped with guardrails, mid rails, and toe boards.
  • Rigging on suspension scaffolds must be inspected by a competent person before each shift and after any occurrence that could affect structural integrity to ensure that all connections are tight and that no damage to the rigging has occurred since its last use.
  • The scaffold must be at least 10 feet from electrical power lines at all times
  • It must also be accessible by ladders or stairwells
  • Workers are not allowed to work on the scaffolds when they are covered with snow, ice, or other slippery materials. Employees also can't work on the scaffolds in bad weather or high winds.

Were you or your loved one injured in an Austin construction accident? Were you the victim of poorly constructed scaffolding? Did your employer require you to work on a scaffold in high winds? Texas attorney Earl Straight has over 26 years of experience representing construction accident victims just like you. Call him today at 512-454-1331 for a free consultation; you can also request a complimentary copy of his book, Texas Accident Law and You.