Ladder and Scaffold Safety

Date: August 12, 2009

The Puget Sound Area Safety Summit will highlight ladder and scaffold safety in August. The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), in conjunction with the NAHB Research Center, has developed a free, 2-1/2 hour training program in English and Spanish for builders, trade contractors, supervisors and workers. This training program focuses on identifying scaffold and ladder hazards in residential construction, as well as, providing student attendees an understanding of the OSHA scaffold and ladder regulations and safe work practices to prevent fall-related injuries and deaths.

According to an NAHB study, falls account for 45% of work-related fatalities in the residential construction industry (2003-2006). It is the number one cause of deaths in that industry.

Special emphasis is placed on the following: common fall hazards associated with using scaffolds and ladders; 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 requirement; scaffold inspection; prevalence of 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; and prevalence of job built ladders and their hazards. This training program was funded under a grant from the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Please join us for the NAHB's comprehensive, bilingual training seminar on scaffold and ladder safety.

Puget Sound Area Safety Summits are held the second Wednesday of every month* at the Aerospace Machinists Hall. There is no pre-registration or cost to attend.

For more information regarding this event please contact Anne Laughlin, Summit Coordinator, at (206) 812-3824 or send an email to

*There is no meeting scheduled for July, 2009.

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"The Safety Summit is a wonderful example of what can be achieved when employers, labor, and government work cooperatively to attain a common goal - in this case, the reduction of deaths and serious job-related injuries."

Richard Terrill
OSHA Region X