Scaffolding & Fall Protection

OSHA Scaffolding Training

The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) reported 54 fatalities occurred in the year 2009 resulting from incidents with workers using scaffolds (staging). An estimated 2.3 million construction workers, or 65% of the construction industry, work on scaffolds.

Protecting these workers from scaffold-related accidents may prevent some of the 4,500 injuries and over 60 deaths every year (BLS), 2003 and 2004 data for the private sector), at a savings for American employers of $90 million in workdays saved.

In a recent BLS study, 72% of workers injured in scaffold accidents attributed the accident either to the planking or support giving way, or to the employee slipping or being struck by a falling object. All of these accidents can be controlled by compliance with OSHA standards.

Common OSHA Citations

  • 451(g)(1)  Fall protection at 10 feet
  • 453(b)(2)(v)  Aerial lifts – Body belt and lanyard
  • 451(e)(1)  Scaffold access
  • 451(b)(1)  Scaffold platform construction
  • 454(a)  Scaffold user training

Topics Covered

A competent person is a necessity on every job site and is someone who has sufficient experience and/or knowledge to recognize scaffold hazards and correct unsafe conditions, and who has the ability to shut down the worksite until any hazards are corrected. The competent person should be the most knowledgeable person, in this case about scaffold safety, on site.

Topics Covered – Competent Person:

  • Competent Person Responsibilities
  • Hazard Recognition/Control
  • Definitions
  • Scaffold Types & Requirements
  • Safe Practice Usage
  • Fall Protection
  • Training
  • Inspections
  • Emergency Response/Rescue

OSHA Scaffolding User Training students will participate in workshops to reinforce concepts of safe scaffolding. Upon course completion students will have the ability to identify the types of scaffolds and their components, determine safe assembly, use, and disassembly and recognize common violations of OSHA standards.

Topics Covered – User:

  • Hazards associated with scaffold design
  • Assembly, disassembly and use
  • Types of scaffolds (support, suspended, rolling/mobile)
  • Determining scaffold capacity
  • Employee qualifications and training
  • Maintenance, repair and inspection requirements

OSHA Fall Protection Training

Did you know that falls are the leading cause of construction accidents with over 500 fall related deaths occurring every year?

Fall protection training is an important part of a worker’s overall safety training.  Identifying fall hazards and deciding how best to protect workers is the first step in reducing or eliminating fall hazards. Occupational fatalities caused by falls remain a serious public health problem.

Any time a worker is at a height of four feet or more, or is working over dangerous equipment or machinery, the worker is at risk and needs to be protected.  The proper fall protection training will go a long way in achieving this.

Topics Covered

Students will participate in workshops demonstrating the inspection and use of fall protection equipment, residential construction fall protection, training requirements, and developing a fall protection program.

Upon course completion students will have the ability to assess compliance with the OSHA Fall Protection Standard, evaluate installed passive systems and fall arrest systems, and develop and implement fall protection plans.

  • Principles of fall protection
  • Overview of fall protection methods
  • Components and limitations of fall arrest systems
  • OSHA Standards and policies regarding fall protection