A 20-year-old finisher and six journeymen and apprentices were working from two levels of a 24-foot-high, tubular-steel, welded frame scaffold. The crew was applying a decorative finish to a concrete wall. The scaffold was erected just 21 inches horizontally from an elevated electrical power line rated at 7620 volts.
Reducing the number of construction-related deaths and injuries is the most compelling reason for improving jobsite safety. The pain and suffering of the victims and their families and friends are immeasurable costs associated with construction accidents. Easier to quantify are the direct and, to a lesser extent, indirect costs of worker injuries. Taking a close look at these costs will help you better understand the benefits of an effective safety program.