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Scaffold safety: hazard alert.
The Center to Protect Workers' Rights
Silver Spring, MD: The Center to Protect Workers' Rights, 2004 Oct; :1-2
Each year, more than 60 workers are killed by falls from scaffolds, about 1 in 5 of the fatal falls is in construction. Besides problems with planks and guardrails, the main causes of injuries and deaths on scaffolds are poor planning for assembling and taking them apart, missing tie-ins or bracing, loads that are too heavy, and being too close to power lines. Also, falling objects can hurt people below scaffolds. Protect Yourself: Scaffolds are supported (usually by posts/beams and legs) or suspended (by ropes). 1) OSHA says a scaffold must be designed by a qualified person.* Supported scaffolds must be able to support their own weight and at least 4 times the maximum intended load . 2) OSHA says a competent person* must inspect a scaffold before each workshift and after anything happens that could affect the structure. The competent person should be trained in scaffold safety.
Construction; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Construction-equipment; Construction-materials; Scaffolds; Safety-education; Safety-measures; Safety-practices; Work-environment; Work-practices; Worker-health; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Fall-protection; Mortality-data; Regulations; Training; Height-factors; Weight-factors; Structural-analysis
Building and Construction Trades Dept., AFL-CIO: CPWR, Suite 1000, 8484 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20910
Construction; Cooperative Agreement
Scaffold Safety: Hazard Alert
CPWR-The Center for Construction Research and Training, Silver Spring, Maryland
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division