The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has developed scaffolding standards that set performance-orientated criteria that, when followed, will help protect you from scaffolding hazards such as falls, structural instability, falling objects, overloading, and electrocution. This online construction scaffold safety training course teaches employees the basic background for scaffolding safety.
Why “Scaffolds in Construction—Spanish” Matters:
- According to OSHA, 9% of the fatalities in the construction industry each year are related to scaffold use.
- Approximately 9,750 scaffold-related injuries occur each year in the construction industry.
- The most common cause of scaffold-related injuries could be attributed to plank slippage. Other common causes of injuries include a support giving way or a worker slipping or being struck by a falling object.
- Of the scaffolds that involved injuries, 33% did not have the proper guardrails.
- OSHA found that 25% of the workers installing and using scaffolds did not have training in important topics, such as safety requirements for installing work platforms, assembling scaffolds, inspecting scaffolds, and safe practices for working on scaffolds.
- Inspect the scaffold before each work shift.
- Properly secure platforms.
- Do not overload scaffolds.
- Use a personal fall arrest system.
- Understand scaffold hazards and follow accident prevention measures.