Whenever a worker is elevated above the ground, gravity is not their friend and the risk of an accident occurring increases dramatically. With more than 10,000 scaffold related injuries reported each year, OSHA has mandated that workers be trained on how to safely erect and use these work platforms. These products will help employers meet the training requirements of OSHA's Scaffolding regulation. Our training products on Supported Scaffolding Safety help employees understand the dangers of working with scaffolds, and how these risks can be minimized by knowing the correct ways to erect, maintain and use scaffolding equipment. Topics included in these materials are platforms and planking, the danger of power lines, ramps and walkways, platform hazards, responsibilities of a "scaffold expert" and much more!
An estimated 2.3 million construction workers, or 65 percent of the construction industry, work on scaffolds. Protecting these workers from scaffold-related accidents could prevent some of the 4,500 injuries and over 60 deaths every year according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) 2003 and 2004 data for the private sector. This protection could result a savings for American employers of $90 million in workdays not lost. In a recent BLS study, 72 percent of workers injured in scaffold accidents attributed the accident either to the planking or support giving way, or to the employee slipping or being struck by a falling object. These accidents can be greatly reduced by complying with OSHA standards.