March 15: Scaffolding Collapse Caused by Overloading

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As workers were dismantling the wall of a condo, the scaffolding collapsed. One worker died and three others were injured. The CSST determined that overloading was one of the causes of the incident. To avoid similar incidents, the CSST reminded contractors and employers to:

  • Evaluate the mass of various materials to be handled during dismantling and reconstruction
  • Know the load capacity of scaffolding
  • Develop a method of dismantling walls that meets the equipment’s capacities.