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Evaluating technology and research knowledge gaps for prevention of falls from scaffolds.
Contemporary ergonomics 2008: proceedings of the international conference on contemporary ergonomics (CE2008), 1-3 April 2008, Nottingham, UK. Bust PD, ed. London: Taylor & Francis, 2008 Apr; :185-190
Falls from scaffolds are one of the leading causes of work-related fall fatalities and injuries. More than 9,500 workers are injured and 80 killed annually in the United States in scaffold mishaps. A literature search and review was performed to develop information on the current state of knowledge of fall protection technologies and existing knowledge gaps concerning safety during scaffold work. The search and review identified several key research opportunities to fill current safety-knowledge gaps: (1) understand causes of scaffold tipping and structure failure through fatality investigations, (2) study the life-cycle cost and ease of use of fabricated decking against those of solid sawn-lumber planks, (3) develop a set of best practices for scaffold safety, (4) identify safe designs for accessing or transiting onto or off a scaffold, and (5) evaluate whether certain scaffolding systems or designs are safer to erect and safer to use than others.
Safety-education; Safety-engineering; Scaffolds; Work-analysis; Work-operations; Work-practices; Training; Engineering-controls; Occupational-accidents; Occupational-safety-programs; Injury-prevention; Failure-analysis
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Contemporary ergonomics 2008: proceedings of the international conference on contemporary ergonomics (CE2008), 1-3 April 2008, Nottingham, UK
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