Government agency extends alliance with Scaffold Industry Association

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) renewed its alliance with the Scaffold Industry Association (SIA) one day after it extended its partnership with the Sealant, Waterproofing, and Restoration Institute (SWR Institute).

On June 29, 2011, OSHA announced it would continue collaborating with SIA to develop the most effective fall protection regulations. Since their alliance was first signed in 2008, the two organizations have published Transport Platforms and Mast Climbing Work Platforms safety materials relating to scaffold and fall hazards.

They also produced applicable materials containing American National Safety Institute (ANSI) consensus standards.

The goals of the renewed alliance include enhancing training and education programs as well as emphasizing the importance of using proper safety equipment on job sites.

"Four of the 10 most frequently cited OSHA construction standards involve scaffolding, so renewing this alliance is a great opportunity to build on our work to better protect the men and women who work on scaffolds," said Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA.

Companies using scaffolding in the U.S. require their employees to wear a safety harness while working at high elevations. ile working at high elevations.  

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