Safety precautions must be maintained when working at height. Working on scaffolding can be safe if the protocols and practices are properly observed.
Ensure your safety and your worker’s safety by following these 10 scaffolding safety tips!
Get Proper Training
It is vital to train and educate every worker who will be working on or near scaffolding on how the scaffolds are designed and operated.
Workers should be trained and educated in:
- How to get on and off of the scaffolding safely
- How to prevent falls
- How to respond to emergency situations while on the scaffolding.
Ensuring the safety of workers on scaffolding, and the people below it is a priority. Therefore this training is essential.
Thorough inspection of the scaffolding should always be carried out before use.
- The base should be secured
- It should be level
- It should be adjusted to any lean in the building
- Guardrails and planks must be safe and secure after installation
- Make sure that weather conditions will not put workers at risk on the scaffolding
Understand Load Capacity
During the design stages of scaffolding, one of the main mistakes that is made is failing to consider all of the different types of load that the material will be under during construction and setup. In order to maximize the safety of everyone involved, do not attempt to overload the scaffolding with more workers than it is rated for in order to save time. Also take care to ensure that it is not overloaded by equipment, and that nothing is pushing against any guardrails.
Secure the Platform
Scaffolding is designed to be braced by or entirely attached to a building. If bracing isn’t properly secured, scaffold movement may dislodge an end, which will reduce the stability of the scaffold. There are a few types of brace retention or locking systems on scaffolds. These systems need to operate freely during assembly and dismantling, and also be able to lock in order to prevent the brace from dislodging. You shouldn’t try and replace the proper parts supplied by the manufacturer with nails or other miscellaneous substitutions.
Take Advantage of Guardrails
When taking the design of a scaffold into consideration, a construction company must ensure that any scaffolding over 10 feet high has guardrails on the three sides facing away from the building, at the very least. The side facing the building is still a danger, so it is recommended to have them there as well. Guardrails should not be viewed as a replacement for true fall protection gear, which should be worn at all times while on the scaffolding.
Scaffolding structures are notoriously cramped, so it is extremely important that tools are not left out and are put up neatly on the scaffolding itself. Keep all of the walkways free from obstructions and trash that might be able to cause a fall.
Scaffolding must be perfectly level in order to minimize the risk that workers can fall off and be injured or killed. Still, stay alert when on a scaffold, and watch your balance at all times.
This can include things like head protection, fall prevention gear, and non-slip footwear. It is essential to wear these measures at all times in order to maximize your safety, and the safety of all who are around you.
Ensure that these safety tips are followed to prevent nasty falls or accidents. Your workers will know how to operate properly on scaffolding.
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