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Pennsylvania workers' compensation: Scaffolding injuries

With summer in full swing, construction workers in Pennsylvania are busier than ever. Many of them use scaffolding structures every day in order to get their work done. Unfortunately, in doing so, some will suffer injuries in scaffolding-related accidents. Victims of such injuries may file workers' compensation claims to seek help covering their medical expenses and other losses.

How many construction workers are injured in incidents involving scaffolding each year? According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, an estimated 4,500 injuries occur annually due to scaffolding accidents. While that number may seem small compared to the number of construction workers currently employed across the county, it is still a big issue, one that cannot be overlooked.

Any work injury is serious. In order to prevent scaffolding-related injuries, OSHA has set specific guidelines for how these structures are to be built and maintained. These include that they are to offer good support and be made from good, solid materials. Rails and other fall-prevention equipment should also be installed. Employers who fail to follow these guidelines risk losing employees to injury -- or worse -- and could face hefty fines for failing to offer safe work environments for their staff.

Construction workers in Pennsylvania who are hurt in scaffolding-related accidents may experience injuries that have long-term consequences. This can affect both their home and professional lives. Workers' compensation benefits are available to ease the losses associated with a workplace injury. Unfortunately, insurance providers are not always willing to pay out a fair amount or will even deny coverage. An injured construction worker can turn to an experienced attorney to help him or her take the actions necessary to seek maximum relief.

Source: osha.gov, "Safety and Health Topics: Scaffolding", Accessed on July 5, 2017

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