We frequently walk underneath them on San Antonio sidewalks. Walking beneath scaffolding may bring two thoughts to mind: (1) what if it falls on me? and (2) I wouldn't do that job for $1 million. Neither thought is unfounded. Scaffolding does fall and workers can be badly injured or even die as a result of the fall, as can passersby.
For the purposes of this article, let us focus on the worker. Suspended several, or even hundreds of stories in the air, while trying to concentrate on a construction task or window washing, takes a special expertise and steady nerves. Like any piece of equipment, scaffolding parts can fail.