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An evaluation of scaffold safety at construction sites.

Authors
Halperin-KM; McCann-M
Source
J Saf Res 2004 Apr; 35(2):141-150
NIOSHTIC No.
20040971
Abstract
PROBLEM: This study evaluated common scaffold safety practices in construction. METHOD: A 150-point checklist was used to evaluate supported scaffold safety practices at 113 scaffolds in nine areas of the eastern United States. RESULTS: Thirty-six scaffolds (31.9%) were either in danger of collapse or missing planking, guardrails, or adequate access. There was a strong statistical correlation between structural flaws and fall protection hazards, and between proper scaffold safety practice and (a) competent persons with scaffold safety training, (b) use of separate scaffold erection contractors, and (c) scaffolds that were not simple frame types. A slightly weaker correlation was found with union status of the scaffold erector, and no correlation was found with geography, site size, number of scaffold users, and trade working on the scaffold. DISCUSSION: Recommendations are made for safer scaffold practice, including a simple four-factor scaffold inspection method. IMPACT ON INDUSTRY: Implementation of the four-factor method could result in a cost-effective way to identify unsafe scaffolds.
Keywords
Construction; Construction-equipment; Construction-industry; Safety-climate; Safety-measures; Safety-practices; Safety-research; Scaffolds; Fall-protection; Author Keywords: Supported scaffolds; Competent person; Falls; Collapses; Construction
Contact
Michael McCann, Director of Safety, The Center to Protect Workers' Rights, 8484 Georgia Avenue, Ste. 1000, Silver Spring, MD 20910, USA
CODEN
JSFRAV
Publication Date
20040401
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
michael.mccann@att.net
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement; Construction
Fiscal Year
2004
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U02-CCU-310982
Issue of Publication
2
ISSN
0022-4375
Priority Area
Construction
Source Name
Journal of Safety Research
State
MD
Performing Organization
Center to Protect Workers' Rights
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