Every year, approximately 300 construction workers die due to falls at work and this figure accounts for almost a third of all construction-site fatalities. This figure may sound high, but when you consider the fact that 65% of construction workers spend their work hours working on scaffolding, the numbers start to add up.
The majority of these fatalities however could have been avoided with prudent planning and a focus on safety rather than production speed. Scaffold safety is essential. The OSHA estimates that educating workers in scaffold safety would prevent 4,500 injuries per year and reduce fatalities by 50.
Not only that, but fiscally, improved safety performance can equate to $90 million saved in lost workdays.
The following is an overview of the guidelines for scaffolding safety according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
Those interested in reviewing the complete list of the OSHA’s scaffold tips can visit the following link: http://www.nsc.org/safetyhealth/Pages10SafetyTipScaffoldsafety.aspx#.UFETehjzf4Y
Here are some of the common sense do’s and don’t that we feel warrant repetition:
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