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Free Seminars Focus on Scaffold, Ladder Safety

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

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The National Association of Home Builders and the NAHB Research Center are offering a free series of seminars on scaffold and ladder safety.

The seminars, underwritten by a grant from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, are being offered in English and Spanish at various locations across the United States.

Participants will learn to identify fall hazards in residential construction, establish safe work practices to prevent fall-related injuries and deaths, and understand OSHA fall protection regulations.

Falls are a leading cause of injury and death in construction and among painting contractors.

The 2 ½-hour seminar is for builders, trade contractors, supervisors, and workers in the residential construction industry who are covered by the Occupational Safety and Health Act.

Topics include:

• How to safely build, use, and dismantle scaffolds;

• Proper scaffold fall protection, including guardrails and personal fall arrest systems (PFAS);

• Falling object protection;

• How to access scaffolds safely;

• Competent person requirements;

• Scaffold inspection;

• Job-built scaffolds and their hazards;

• How to choose the right ladder;

• How to properly set up and use extension and step ladders;

• How to secure ladders;

• Job-built ladders and their hazards; and

• Other safe work practices when working at elevated heights.

Each participant will receive:

• NAHB-OSHA Scaffold Safety Handbook

• NAHB Scaffold Safety Video

• NAHB-OSHA Fall Protection Handbook

• NAHB Fall Protection Video

For more information and a training schedule, visit www.nahb.org; call Lindsay Cather at 800-368-5242, x8163; or email lcather@nahb.com.

   

Tagged categories: Fall protection; Home builders; OSHA; OSHA; Worker training

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