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Contractor Cited by OSHA Following Fatal Workplace Fall – Part 8

Thursday, January 21st, 2016
English: scaffolding

English: scaffolding (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited SB Framing Services last week for allegedly failing to protect employees. A 32-year-old construction worker fell 19 feet from a roof on September 26, 2015, and later died. The worker was a residential framer, and he was working on the construction of a new residence when he lost his balance on the roof and fell to the ground. As a result of an investigation into the fatal workplace accident, OSHA  alleges that the tragic death was preventable and the employer failed to ensure that an appropriate fall protection system was in use. The Florida company has been cited for one willful OSHA safety violation and one serious violation.

Using Scaffolding Safely

The following are some guidelines regarding how to use scaffolding safely:

Scaffolds should be carefully inspected daily, before being used. Connectors, guardrails, tie-ins, planking, bracing, and fastenings should all be checked. If a scaffold is damaged, it must be immediately removed from service.

  • Cross-bracing should never be used as a means of access.
  • Materials should not be stockpiled on scaffolds.
  • At the end of each workday, remove all leftover materials and tools from scaffolding.
  • Do not overload scaffolds. Necessary materials should be piled over bearer points and ledgers.

The three steps which OSHA says will prevent fall fatalities are: planning to perform jobs safely, providing the correct fall protection equipment, and training workers to use equipment safely. Learn more about them and the above-referenced OSHA citations in Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, and this continuing series.

–Guest Contributor

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