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Top 10 Construction Hazards in Texas – Part 10

Monday, December 29th, 2014

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There are numerous dangers at a construction site, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has identified the leading hazards. Employers have a responsibility to properly address each one so that workers are guaranteed a safe work environment. Learn about ten of the leading causes of construction injuries and fatalities in Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, below, and in this ongoing series. The final of the ten most common construction hazards is in the next and final installment.

Unsafe cantilever loading platforms– OSHA has specific requirements with regard to the cantilevered portion of platforms. For instance, if a platform is more than 10 feet long, it will not extend more than 18 inches over its support unless the platform has been designed and installed specifically so that the platform’s cantilevered portion is capable of supporting employees. Brackets which support cantilevered loads are required to be seated with end-brackets at 90-degrees to the frames and side-brackets parallel to the frames. The most important consideration with the cantilevered portion of a platform is that it is capable of supporting materials and or workers without tipping.

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