SCAFFOLD SAFETY TIPS

TRAINING

Working on scaffolding can be very dangerous if the proper safety precautions are not maintained. Safety regulations mandate that all workers involved in scaffolding work receive proper training. This helps keep everyone on and around the scaffolding safe at all times.

DON'T OVERLOAD

Follow the safe load capacities as given by the scaffold manufacturer. There is a limit even to what steel can support. Scaffolding and components must support their own weight and 4 times the maximum intended load applied.

DAMAGED PARTS

Bent or otherwise damaged end frames or braces should not be used. Replace any compromised components immediately.

INSPECTIONS

Scaffolding structures need to be constantly maintained and inspected in order to retain their structural integrity and safety. Inspections by the general contractor, contractor, or owner on a periodic and daily basis are needed to ensure the structure remains functional and safe, making sure that boards are all still intact and that all of the components are still in good shape. Scaffolds with a height to base width ratio of more than 4:1 should be tied or braced to the building. Always follow manufacturer recommendations.

WEATHER CHECKS

Avoid working on scaffolds in bad weather or high winds. Platforms should be cleared of ice and snow. Use extra caution to prevent falls.

IDENTIFY HAZARDS

Hazard awareness will help you avoid danger and easily solve problems.
                                             Here are some common hazards:

  • Falls from elevation, due to lack of fall protection

  • Collapse of scaffolding, caused by instability or overloading

  • Being struck by falling tools, work materials, or debris

  • Electrocution, principally due to proximity of the scaffold to overhead power lines

EQUIPMENT

Depending on your duties you need to have head protection, Fall prevention gear, and non-slip footwear. All of it will help maximize your safety.

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