According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics’ most recent data, fatal falls to a lower level resulted in almost 40% of all workplace fatalities in the private construction industry in 2015. We can stop these fatalities, but only by addressing the causes — one of which is improper use of scaffolding.
Recently, OSHA cited D.H. Construction for unsafe use of scaffolding on a masonry project that resulted in $191,215 in proposed penalties for the company owner. While responding to a complaint about the unsafe job site conditions, OSHA discovered workers using scaffolding at an unsafe distance from an electrical line. The ten violations cited included exposing workers to fall hazards and electrical hazards, failure to train employees on the proper use of scaffolding, failing to implement an accident prevention program, and failing to provide workers with hardhats.
Scaffolding-related citations are one of OSHA’s most frequently cited violations. Falls are one of the “fatal four,” the four types of injuries that consistently cause the largest number of jobsite injuries and deaths each year. Training and monitoring for the proper use of scaffolding on jobsites can help your business avoid the human and financial costs associated with injuries resulting from improper usage.
If you have questions about providing training on the proper use of scaffolding for your workers or if you’re interested in creating a safety plan for your business feel free to give us a call at 864.905.7835