Over 17,000 years ago and with only the crude tools of the time, holes were made in the walls of the Lascaux caves in modern day France. These holes supported a type of ancient scaffold from which artists of the time created what would come to be known as the finest example of Palaeolithic art in all the world, now referred to as the Lascaux Cave Paintings.
In 2018, 5,250 workers in the United States died on the job according to OSHA. Of those 5,250 deaths, 1,008 or almost 20% were in construction. Of those 1,008 construction deaths 338 were as a result of a fall. Thats more than 1/3 of all construction related fatalities.