If you work in the construction industry in New York, you probably already know that your job is dangerous. In fact, the construction sector has one of the highest rates of workplace injuries. Between faulty power tools that can cause electrocution or falling cranes that can crush an unsuspecting bystander, there are hazards lurking around every corner of the job site.

In the construction industry, falling is the top cause of injuries suffered by workers which is why it is important to always follow safety protocols when working from heights. The next time you have to work with scaffolding, remember these safety tips.

Prepare

Before setting one foot on scaffolding, be sure to take a few minutes to inspect it. Check the base to ensure it is secure and that the structure is level. Even a minor lean can end in disaster. Every guardrail and plank should be correctly installed. In addition, pay close attention to the surrounding area for obstructions and even changes in the weather if you are working outside.

Follow the posted load capacity

Just like with other load bearing equipment, scaffolding has a weight limit. One of the most common mistakes that workers make is not taking into consideration the type of material and the weight the scaffolding will have to hold. When you work with scaffolding, be sure not to overload it with other workers or equipment just to save time.

Secure the platform

When using scaffolding, the structure should always be braced by or attached to another structure, such as a building. If the scaffolding is not properly braced, then it may not have the stability you need in order to safely do your job.

Stay organized

Scaffolding does not have a lot of space to maneuver on. To reduce you chances of tripping, keep your tools and the materials you are working with organized.

Use your PPE

When you are working with scaffolding, ladders or at any height, always wear your personal protection equipment (PPE). This usually includes a hard hat or helmet, non-slip boots and even fall prevention gear.

When you are working with scaffolding, remember the safety tips above and always follow proper use protocols. However, it is often impossible to avoid every accident. If you suffer a workplace injury, you might be able to file a claim for workers’ compensation and receive the benefits you deserve.