Anytime a worker elevates him or herself above the ground on any type of apparatus, there is a danger of fall and injury. Working on any type of scaffolding is no different. Scaffolding injuries can be from either a plank giving away, employee slipping or being struck by a random falling object. OSHA has mandated that workers be trained on how to safely erect and use these work platforms. The training 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.
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.
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