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Scaffolds not up to par, occupational health study says

By Angelica Oung  /  STAFF REPORTER

Substandard scaffolding could be endangering construction workers, a research body said.

According to data collected by the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), more than 90 percent of scaffolds used at construction sites across the country do not meet national standards.

"On average, we found that the steel scaffolding we tested were only about 70 to 80 percent as strong as they should be," IOSH associate researcher Chang Chih-chie (張智奇) said. "This is a problem because scaffold designers assume that the components are of standard strength when they design temporary support structures."

IOSH sampled 50 new scaffolds from 6 companies and 30 older units in use from 10 construction sites.

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