The scaffolding industry has always been plagued by the unsafe practice of workers not maintaining 100% tie-off while erecting the top levels of scaffold systems. Most existing techniques of safety tie-off are cumbersone and time-consuming, and rob companies of millions in lost man hours. Increased insurance premiums, unnecessary injuries and constant OSHA violations have pushed the expense of erecting scaffolding to its all time high.
Falls from high places are usually serious and are the leading cause of worker fatalities in the construction industry. Each year between 150 and 200 workers are killed and more than 100,000 are injured as a result of fall hazards at construction sites. Studies show that half of all people hitting a hard surface with a velocity of 18 miles per hour -- or 27 feet per second -- will be killed. This means a worker could die from a fall of only 11 feet.
90% of all falls involving scaffolds happen while workers are performing routine jobs and the average height
of those falls are from only 12 to 15 feet high, a distance that most experienced scaffold erectors feel very comfortable at. Procedures that control or minimize these fall hazards
increase productivity and profitability for companies that use these required procedures.
Erecting top tier scaffolding while maintaining secure tie-off has been difficult and virtually impossible to do in a safe and timely manner ... until now ...