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Scaffold collapse results in fall

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A worker on a Maryland construction site was injured when the planking to the scaffolding he was working on broke. He fell from the scaffold 37 feet to the ground.

The worker suffered spinal fractures which may result in paralysis.

Because scaffolds raise workers so high up in the air, OSHA regulations require that all of the component parts be in safe and proper condition. This requires checking the planking which is placed on the scaffolding frame for defects. Many companies have taken to using aluminum planking because of its lightweight, durable nature. However, the risk with aluminum planking is that it conducts electricity, an important safety consideration as well.