But the use of scaffolds is also one of the leading causes of injuries in construction.
Between 2011 and 2015, a total of 1,533 deaths occurred from falls on construction sites, according to the Center for Construction Research and Training. Scaffolds/staging accounted for 227 (nearly 15%) of these deaths.
Proper training for all workers prior to working on any type of scaffold is crucial. Workers will be better able to identify common hazards such as missing baseplates or pins, unsafe access, damaged or missing guardrails and toeboards, etc.
The OSHA standard for scaffolds in construction is quite detailed, so use the information provided below as a general list of items for scaffold safety in residential construction.
NAHB has safety resources to help prevent falls on the job site, including from scaffolds.
For more information on NAHB safety resources, contact Rob Matuga.