Three Tips to Avoid Scaffolding Injuries

In 2017 construction accounted for 1 in 5 work related deaths. Forty percent of those deaths stemmed from worksite falls. Nearly two thirds of the construction industry works on scaffolding. An OSHA report stemming from 1996 discovered that nearly a quarter of workers injured in scaffolding accidents hadn’t received scaffold training. With such alarming overlap between injury and lack of training it’s vital to treat every job site like patient zero for safety. Below are three crucial steps to ensuring optimal scaffolding practices.

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Tip 1: Comply With OSHA Requirements and Federal Regulations

Reinforcing OSHA’s scaffolding standards is paramount to a safe operating environment. Codes regarding Guardrail Height, Crossbracing, and Fall Arrest Systems substantiate a safe means for entry, exit and operational security. In addition to OSHA’s comprehensive specifications it’s vital to abide by Title 29 of the CFR (Code of Federal Regulations). Pre-emptive adherence to both sets of regulations standardizes the ground rules of scaffolding operation and upkeep throughout construction.

Tip 2: Conduct Daily On-site Inspections

Daily inspections of scaffolding structures are essential to ensuring structural integrity during operation. Weather conditions and labor use can compromise principle viability of the scaffold and requires frequent review to maintain operational safety compliance.

Tip 3: Hire A Qualified Engineer

Civil engineers tackle all of the foundational design considerations for scaffold construction. They’re responsible for surveying the site, managing risk assessments and effectively communicating the needs of the scaffold staging to the project manager. Ensuring the engineer is familiar with the specifications of the job site prevents a compromised design and optimizes labor conditions.

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