Scaffolding Construction Accident Attorney
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Scaffolding is generally built out of wood planks and steel or aluminum pipes, with aluminum given slightly more preference over steel due to its lightness. It is important that scaffolding be lightweight because of the need to raise and lower platforms to different levels during a construction project. If scaffolding had much semi-permanence to it, it would be cumbersome to relocate. However, what makes aluminum an attractive scaffolding material because of its weight-saving qualities also makes it dangerous because aluminum cannot withstand the same levels of force as steel can. Aluminum flexes, dents and cracks easily, and should scaffolding not be properly fixed to the side of a building and high winds suddenly pick up, or something falls from above and strikes the platform, an aluminum scaffold (and the workers’ safety) could be compromised.
There are some safety precautions workers are encouraged to take, such as using fall arrest systems and guardrails. Also important is not to overload the scaffold with too many workers or heavy tools. But guardrails and fall arrest systems won’t protect against objects falling from above, or the failure to notice a damaged suspension cable. Unfortunately, scaffolds are just inherently dangerous to work on or work around.
Contact Knowledgeable Construction Accident Attorneys in Pittsburgh, PA at Berger & Lagnese, LLC
If you or someone you love has been injured in a scaffolding accident at a construction site due to unsafe working conditions, call the experienced construction accident attorneys at Berger & Lagnese, LLC in Pittsburgh, Pennyslvania. Free investigation and evaluation. We work on cases throughout Pennsylvania, including Pittsburgh, Greensburg, Uniontown, Beaver, Erie, Altoona, and Washington, PA. Our office is located at 310 Grant St #720, Pittsburgh, PA 15219, and consultations can be scheduled either online or via phone at (412) 275-4122. There are laws in place that protect you in these situations and, by working together, we can help protect your safety. Don’t wait.