Required Scaffolding Safety Standards from OSHA
Workers in construction sites are most prone to job-related accidents due to the heavy and huge construction tools and equipment around them, as well as the very high places where they sometimes need to do their work. Because of this many accidents occur which result to serious injuries that disable workers. One of the major causes of injuries in construction sites is falls.
The rapid increase in the number of high-rise constructions all across the U.S. and jobs which require the restoration of the aesthetic look of many old buildings have also given rise to the number of workers required to work around the exterior of these edifices from great heights. To do these, workers need to work on scaffolds, sometimes for many days. In fact an estimated 2.3 million individuals are said to be working on scaffolds every day, a dangerous situation to so many lives.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which is in charge of regulating and enforcing safety in the work place, set the standard on scaffold requirements back in 1971. For added safety, there are certain types of scaffolds that OSHA recognizes, which can be used depending on certain factors, like load, materials, and weather condition. These types include pole and specialty, ladder jack, mobile, suspended, tube and coupler, pump jack, and frame.
The types mentioned, however, are still exposed to collapse, especially if they have been incompetently assembled. Improper assembly is actually the most common cause of scaffolding-collapse and accident. It is, therefore, imperative that scaffolds be double-checked for proper assembly and strength before being used.
The scaffolds’ susceptibility to collapse, if coupled with disregard of OSHA’s stipulated safety standards can lead to much greater risks. The additional measures for ensured worker’s safety include scaffold safety training and incorporation of guardrails to which workers can hold onto in cases of slips.
An article in the website of The Benton Law Firm says that companies should have proper safety features in place to protect workers against workplace accidents and injuries. Those that fail to have these safety features should be responsible for any injuries which may occur to an employee.