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NIOSH Testimony on Scaffolds Used in the Construction Industry by R. W. Niemeier, June 28, 1993.
NIOSH 1993 Jun:4 pages
This testimony summarizes the opinions of NIOSH regarding the proposed exemption from fall protection requirements for employees erecting scaffolds. The Scaffolding Institute of America (SIA) had indicated that requirements to tie off during erecting the scaffold is not justified by accident statistics. NIOSH contends that such statistics are not available as scaffold assemblers do not have a specific code which would allow data on their falls to be examined separate from the data on other people falling from scaffolds. Based on data provided by SIA, the fatality rate for falls during scaffolding erection and dismantling would be 33 to 39 deaths per 100,000 workers per year, which would exceed the average annual fatality rate for the construction industry. The use of safety monitoring systems for fall protection and the responses of human subjects to suspension in three types of fall protective harnesses were discussed.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Testimony; Niemeier-R-W; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Accident-statistics; Personal-protective-equipment;
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NIOSH, 4 pages, 2 references
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