Tie or Die Eliminating Fall Fatalities
When construction work is performed at a height of six feet or greater, falls become a major safety threat.Falls are the leading cause of workplace fatalities in the construction industry; and not surprisingly, fall protection was OSHA's most often cited standard in 2013. You can eliminate the risk of scaffold falls on your worksite through the following nine steps.
General Scaffolding Safety
- Inspect the scaffold assembly before use. Check to see that bracing is in place and connected, platforms are fully planked, guardrails are in place and that you have means of safe access.
- Use only the safe means of access provided. Do not climb bracing or frames not specifically designed for climbing. If such access is not provided, contact your supervisor.
- Climb the scaffolding safely by facing the rungs as you climb up or down and using both hands.
- Do not attempt to carry materials while you climb.
- Be sure of your footing and balance before you let go of the scaffolding with your hands.
- To avoid losing your footing, do not work on slippery rungs.
- Do not overload platforms with materials. The scaffold is designed to hold four times its maximum intended load.
- Working heights should not be extended by planking guardrails or by use of boxes or ladders on scaffold platforms.
- Do not remove any component of a completed scaffold assembly except under the supervision of a qualified person. Any component that has been removed should be immediately replaced.
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