Scaffolding violations (general requirements, construction 29 CFR 1926.451) accounted for the greatest number of citations and the second-highest penalties by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration in fiscal year 2008, the agency has reported.
Overall, 87,687 violations of OSHA's standards and regulations were found in the nation's workplaces in FY2008, a 1.1 percent increase since FY2004, the agency said in a year-end report.
Moreover, the number of serious, willful, and repeat violations issued increased significantly over the previous fiscal year, as well as over the past five fiscal years. The considerable increases in these types of violations reflect OSHA's increasing efforts to identify and eliminate a greater number of serious hazards in the workplace and to identify more employers who have intentionally and/or repeatedly violated OSHA standards.
OSHA has resources to help employers and employees identify scaffolding hazards and solutions to those hazards.
OSHA’s most recent “Guide to Scaffold Use in the Construction Industry” can be downloaded at http://www.osha.gov/pls/publications/publication.searchResults?pSearch=scaffolding.
OSHA’s “Safety and Health Topics” section on scaffolding includes scaffolding standards, tools and resources, common hazards and solutions, training and other information at http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/scaffolding/index.html.