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The US Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration, OSHA, has promulgated scaffold standards for both general industry and construction.  While the scaffold equipment is common to both applications, the standards are not.  First, the standards are written in two different styles.  The...
In January of this year I wrote an article titled “A Better New Year?” The article described fatality statistics in the construction industry. If you will recall, in 1997 there were almost 700 fall related deaths which means that, on average, there were at least two deaths per workday attributed to...
Here are frequently asked questions concerning scaffolding, applicable standards and regulations.   What is a competent person? By definition, a competent person is basically an individual who can identify a hazard and has the authority to take corrective action. While the competent person may not...