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Impact effects on scaffold from safety harness attachments

Research to determine what would happen to the scaffold structure, when a scaffolder falls off during construction.

During the construction of scaffold structures, scaffolders are protected from the consequences of a fall by wearing safety harnesses secured at suitable attachment points. There may be times when the required number of ties required to the parent structure will not be correct, i.e. just before installation of the ties, it is at this point when a fall may cause most force in the existing ties.

Read the research report [PDF 807kb]