Understanding the Danger of Scaffolds
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI), more than 50 fatalities and 4,500 injuries a year are caused by collapsed or failed scaffolding.1 In another study from the Bureau, it was discovered that 72 percent of workers injured in a scaffolding accident attributed their accident to the planking/support giving way, slipping, or being struck by a falling object.
Consider the following statistics from that same BLS study:
- 25 percent of workers injured received no scaffold safety training
- 77 percent of scaffolds involved did not have guardrails
- An estimated 50 lives could be saved annually by compliance with OSHA standards
What Are the Common Causes of Scaffolding Accidents?
- Improper use of the scaffolding
- Incorrect installation of the scaffolding
- Defective parts on the scaffolding2
- Improperly maintaining the scaffolding
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