NAHB Releases New Scaffold Safety Video

In an effort to increase job-site safety and reduce the chance of job-related accidents, the National Association of Home Builders has released a new Scaffold Safety Video. Available through NAHB's publishing arm, BuilderBooks, the video provides easy-to-follow instructions on how to prevent construction-related falls, the association says.

According to OSHA, the vast majority of falls are not from skyscrapers but from buildings as low as one to three stories and from less than 30 feet. OSHA incident reports clearly indicate that scaffold safety training, procedures, supervision, and equipment is critical to preventing accidents, NAHB notes. "We take job-site safety very seriously, and education must be part of the equation for success," said NAHB President Sandy Dunn "This new video provides great demonstrations and tips for protecting against falls and other job site injuries and will enhance any builder's scaffold safety efforts."

The video, which is made up of two 30-minute segments--one in English, the other in Spanish--demonstrates how to safely build, use, and dismantle the most common types of scaffolding found in residential construction. These include fabricated frame, pump jack, ladder jack, mobile, and aerial scaffolding. Both video segments highlight OSHA's general requirements for scaffolding and identify safe work practices that address the most common scaffold hazards on the job site. The video is available for purchase at www.BuilderBooks.com or by calling 800-223-2665. More information is also available at www.nahb.org (search "Scaffold").

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