Safety is paramount when you undertake construction, maintenance or renovation projects at heights. A secure scaffolding structure positively impacts your employees’ productivity and well-being while preventing unnecessary risk.
Why Scaffolding Safety Is Important
Falls are one of the most significant contributors to workplace accidents and deaths in the construction industry. There were over 400 fatal falls and over 20,000 non-fatal ones throughout the construction industry in 2019. These statistics clearly highlight the need for awareness and protection.
At Champion Scaffold Services, we take safety seriously. We know scaffolding is a valuable tool in successful project completion, so we support your protection efforts by:
- Training our employees thoroughly: Each crew member receives comprehensive training in Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards for scaffolding erection, inspection, use and disassembly.
- Sharing trusted team members’ knowledge: We also sponsor an apprentice and safety development program to ensure each employee benefits from decades of scaffolding experience.
- Providing extra safety measures: Champion Scaffold Services offers handrails, netting and shrink wrap to increase your project’s security.
- Relying on our experience: Our leadership proudly boasts over 30 years of industry experience, supplying extensive knowledge and skill in scaffolding configuration, inspection and application.
OSHA Scaffolding Standards
OSHA sets stringent standards for construction scaffolding safety, including:
- Fall protection: The specific height requirements of your project determine which measures and equipment apply.
- Footings: All supporting frameworks must be level and capable of bearing the required loads.
- Crossbracing, midrail and guardrail placement and orientation: OSHA regulations specify requirements for height and positioning to increase safety and structural integrity.
- Capacity: Scaffolding components must support anywhere from four to six times their maximum capacity load, depending on component type.
- Employee training requirements: Safety is everyone’s job, and OSHA expects you to coach your employees on equipment use and hazard prevention.
- Inspections: Users should properly inspect scaffolding for integrity before use and after any adjustments or alterations.
- Electrical hazard clearance: OSHA guidelines state a minimum leeway from energized transmission and distribution lines to prevent electrocution.
At Champion Scaffold Services, we don’t just meet these guidelines — we exceed them. Our experience modification rating is low, reflecting our commitment to the highest safety standards.