Safety training and enforcement have become an increasingly important part of every supervisor’s job. The federal government keeps passing new safety regulations and is stepping up its enforcement of both new and old regulations all the time. The costs of insurance and workers’ compensation keep going up.
Scaffold-related incidents resulting in injuries and fatalities continue to occur despite the fact that OSHA has had a scaffold standard in place since 1971. Although specific accident ratios cannot be projected for the estimated 3.6 million construction workers currently covered. OSHA has prepared the following statistical estimates.