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CHALLENGES AND SOLUTIONS
BY LISA KOPOCHINSKI
ACCORDING TO THE BUREAU of Labor

and Statistics' Census of Fatal Occupational
Injuries, the statistics on scaffold accidents
are not particularly encouraging. The CFOI
reports that 72 percent of workers injured
in scaffold accidents attributed the incident either to the planking or support giving way, the employee slipping, or being
struck by a falling object.
And depending on who you talk to in
the scaffolding industry, some will tell you
that these statistics are not accurate and
could be even worse.
For example, Tim Peterson is manager
and co-owner with Northwest Scaffold
Services Inc., an Oregon-Columbia Chapter
member based in Portland. The company
was established in 2007 by two owners,
who have a combined 50 years experience
in the industry.
Peterson says, too often, companies
will respond to accidents and incidents
with punishments.
"This has bred a culture of hiding
problems - both on the employee and
the company level. The employee does
not want to get fired, and the company
does not want their insurance costs or
recordable incidents to go up. Also, everyone is afraid of getting fines from OSHA.
Every incident I've seen in the last 20
years could have been avoided by proper
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training from general construction to the
erection process."
There is good news, however. Since
1970, the number of fatalities has dropped
dramatically in the construction industry
overall from 14,000 a year to 937 (2015
figures).
"This is better," says Ted Beville,
executive director of the Scaffold & Access
Industry Association (SAIA), which is
based in Kansas City, Missouri. "But we
still have much more work to do. A major
area of emphasis in the construction and
scaffold industry deals with increased
worker safety. When I started in the industry, safety was given very little thought.
Workers were almost expendable back
then. If you got hurt and couldn't work,
there were 10 guys at the gate who could
replace you."
Fortunately, times have changed.
Workers today are much more actively
engaged in safety activities and awareness including safety committees, inspections, incident investigation and near-miss
reporting. And employers have learned
that investing in safety makes sound business sense.
Additionally, as the current workforce
continues to age, there are not enough
trained workers of the younger generation
to adequately fill the need for skilled labor.

To help remedy this, SAIA trained over
6,000 students last year and is on track to
train between 7,000 and 8,000 this year.
"SAIA is currently rewriting all the
training manuals to appeal to a younger
audience," says Beville. "We are also
leveraging technology to do a better job
of reaching the worker on the job. Hazard
awareness training is now available
online and more programs are on the way."

INDUSTRY CHALLENGES
The construction market has never
been more competitive. As a result, shrinking profits and productivity are squeezing the life out of the market. The lack of
productivity often shows up on the bottom
line and stifles technology development.
"One way to increase production and
profitability in the scaffold industry is to
turn to labor-saving technology such as
construction hoists, transport platforms,
mast climbing work platforms and material
hoists," explains Beville. "This equipment
has proven to enhance worker productivity and industry profitability by enabling
companies to position materials and workers at the optimum and most productive
level. Worker fatigue is reduced, materials
are moved efficiently, and safety is even
improved by reducing the risk of accident
exposure to workers."

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Constructor - November/December 2017

Editor’s Note
President’s Message
CEO’s Letter
Big Plans in the Big Easy
The Workforce Shortage Report
Simonson Says
Sundt Partnering With Central Arizona College to Address Skilled Worker Shortage in Arizona
Strategic Scaffolding
Inside AGC
Versatility: The Name of the Concrete Game
Construction Corner
Green Is the New Black
Technology Toolbox
A Diamond in the Rough
Harnessing Expensive Insurance Claims With Big Data
2017 Software Services Guide – a Special Advertising Section
Index to Advertisers
Constructor - November/December 2017 - intro
Constructor - November/December 2017 - cover1
Constructor - November/December 2017 - cover2
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 3
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 4
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 5
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 6
Constructor - November/December 2017 - Editor’s Note
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 8
Constructor - November/December 2017 - President’s Message
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 10
Constructor - November/December 2017 - CEO’s Letter
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 12
Constructor - November/December 2017 - Big Plans in the Big Easy
Constructor - November/December 2017 - The Workforce Shortage Report
Constructor - November/December 2017 - Simonson Says
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 16
Constructor - November/December 2017 - Sundt Partnering With Central Arizona College to Address Skilled Worker Shortage in Arizona
Constructor - November/December 2017 - Strategic Scaffolding
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 19
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 20
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 21
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 22
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 23
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 24
Constructor - November/December 2017 - Inside AGC
Constructor - November/December 2017 - Versatility: The Name of the Concrete Game
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 27
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 28
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 29
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 30
Constructor - November/December 2017 - Construction Corner
Constructor - November/December 2017 - Green Is the New Black
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 33
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 34
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 35
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 36
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 37
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 38
Constructor - November/December 2017 - Technology Toolbox
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 40
Constructor - November/December 2017 - A Diamond in the Rough
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 42
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 43
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 44
Constructor - November/December 2017 - Harnessing Expensive Insurance Claims With Big Data
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 46
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 47
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 48
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 2017 Software Services Guide – a Special Advertising Section
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