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Scaffolds (structurally supported or suspended) provide elevated work platforms for tasks such as construction, repair and cleaning. There are many different types of scaffolds including fixed structures (davit), mobile (rolling), suspended (swinging), motorized and others. Falls from height are one of the most significant occupational hazards, thus special care must be practiced to insure that appropriate safety systems are in place to protect scaffold users and bystanders. These include guard railings and fall protection equipment. Some scaffolds involve multiple personnel and motorized suspension systems that must be synchronized for leveling and vertical travel, while others rely on structural design to minimize instability and sway. As a result, scaffolding accidents have a wide variety of root causes. Construction codes and safety standards often dictate the manner of construction and worker protection required for a given application. With the appropriate installation, safety equipment, and user practices, work from scaffolds can be done safely; however, serious accidents can occur if adequate precautions are not taken.

Fall from Baker Scaffold:

A 6’4”, 260 lb worker claimed that he was injured during a fall from a 42” platform Baker scaffold as it fell over when he was descending it. Given the man’s size and weight, we showed that the scaffold should have been provided with better access for mounting and dismounting, fitted with outriggers or been tied down to prevent its tipping over


WHY is he not tied off with a safety line?

These are only a few measures you can keep in mind to protect yourself and others when doing work on a scaffold. Remember there are many accidents also due to problems with guardrails and planks. In fact, in a study by the Bureaur of Labor and Statistics (BLS), 72% of construction workers claimed the accident was caused by their support giving away or faulty planking, their slipping, or being struck by an object falling on them. It’s best to inspect your equipment regularly.

Workers learned safety procedures at a suspended-scaffolding training class in Queens. Construction is the most dangerous work in the United States, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. Scaffolds cover thousands of New York buildings. (Seth Wenig/associated press)

They are wearing safety lines

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He mentioned that many workers even resisted western ideas: for example, construction workers accustomed to two-dimensional bamboo scaffolding, where safety depends upon alertness and self-control, may feel insulted when their exceptional skills are demeaned with three-dimensional steel scaffolds
and fall safety belts.

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