Working at significant height is always associated with risks, and scaffolding is no different. According to work place safety reports, fall in the workplace is the leading cause of death in construction and a portion of the fatalities occurs on scaffolding structures.
The key issue when working on scaffolding is whether or not is safe to do so; has it been erected properly by professionals AND under the supervision of competent personnel? Another key aspect in protecting workers from unnecessary risks is by making sure they’re equipped with proper protective equipment (PPE) and have been trained and are up to scratch with safe work practices.
To help eliminate the risks of injury and accidents in Scaffolding, here’s a list of Do’s and Don’ts:
- Get your staff properly trained before using a scaffold. Training must be done by a qualified person and include; fall and falling objects hazards, the proper use of the scaffold, how to handle materials, and the load capacities of the scaffold and more.
- Ensure materials are stacked correctly and do not pose a fall hazard.
- Keep up-to-date with training and new industry challenges and regulations.
- Inspect the scaffold before you mount it OR make sure that a competent person has inspected the scaffold and that it is safe to use and in proper working order.
- Use the correct PPE. Always wear a hard hat when working on, under or around a scaffold. High visibility clothing plays an important role in a busy site where people and vehicles mingle. Non-slip steel toe cap boots protect worker's feet from moving or rolling objects, and sunglasses and sunscreen are handy when the sun is out.
- Be observant of your co-workers at all times. If you witness improper use on or around a scaffold you should stop what you are doing and notify a supervisor.
- When personal fall arrest systems are required for the scaffold, thoroughly inspect the equipment for damage and wear.
- Don’t leave anything behind on the work site; tools or materials as theses can potentially cause a hazard for the next person using the scaffold.
- Do not push the limits of the scaffold. Adhere to the recommended maximum load of the scaffold as well as its load-carry capacities.
- Don’t use ladders or other props to increase your work height.
- Never use scaffolding that won’t pass the safety inspection or appear faulty in any way.
- Don’t attempt to repair a scaffold unless you have received training in scaffold erection.
- Never ignore the working weather conditions. Scaffolding can be extremely slippery when wet and cause a slip and fall accident.
- Never climb with any materials or tools in your hand, they should be hoisted up to the scaffold separately.
Scaffolding Hire at CanDo
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