General Background:

Scaffolds are a major source of injuries and fatalities. Of the 510,500 injuries and illnesses that occur in the construction industry annually, 9,750 are related to scaffolds. In addition, of the estimated 924 occupational fatalities occurring annually, at least 79 are associated with work on scaffolds. Most of these accidents can be prevented if proper safety precautions are initiated. This poses a serious problem for exposed workers and their employer. The OSHA Standards governing Scaffolding establish uniform requirements to ensure that the hazards existing in U.S. workplaces are evaluated, safety procedures implemented, and that the proper hazard information is transmitted to all affected workers.

The following course outline is designed to make employees aware of the hazards associated with scaffolding as well as proper scaffolding practices.

  1. Introduction – Requirements for General Industry / Construction
    1. OSHA General Industry Requirements
    2. OSHA Construction Requirements
    3. Similarities and Differences between the two
    4. Different Types of Scaffolds
  2. Training Requirements
    1. Competent Person
    2. Qualified Person
  3. Hazard Prevention and Control
    1. Hazard Analysis
    2. Fall and Fall Objects Hazards
    3. Protection Systems
  4. Scaffold Capacity
    1. Support
    2. Suspension
    3. Stall load
    4. Design
  5. Scaffold Platform Construction Criteria
    1. Platform / Planking Requirements
    2. Distances
  6. Criteria for Supported Scaffolds
    1. Footing or Anchorage
    2. Forklift Use
  7. Scaffold Erectors
    1. Correct Procedures
    2. Access
  8. Fall Protection

NOTE: CSEM, Inc. may be contacted in the future to schedule a work place evaluation and program review in an effort to help maintain compliance with this regulation.

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