Scaffolding safety: 5 scaffolding safety do's
  • adtozhouadtozhou November 2016
    This blog explores the subject of safe scaffolding transom sizes
    and focuses on 5 scaffolding do's which ensure safety of a scaffolding
    work site. Read on for valuable information on how to maintain safety on
    site and ensure the wellbeing of workers and members of the public when
    scaffolding work is taking place.

    1. Review, evaluate and inspect

    Before
    work begins, it is always a good idea to review and inspect the work
    site. This allows you to identify possible hazards and take steps to
    avoid them. You should ensure that any towers are not erected above a
    height recommended in their manufacturers erection instructions. A site
    inspection should also consider issues like the suitability of the
    ground for the structures built or being built and the impact of any
    weather conditions on existing structures or equipment.

    2. Ensure proper training

    By
    law, people working on a scaffolding site must have received a certain
    level of training. It is a good idea to check workers' credentials and
    provide extra training where you suspect a worker may be unaware of
    certain aspects of the job. Speaking to contractors and workers on the
    site will help you evaluate whether proper training has been received
    and or understood.

    3. Check for stability changes

    The
    stability of a scaffold can change within a matter of a few hours to one
    that is dangerous and is not able to support the loads it is being
    expected to. Factors that can impact the structure include adverse
    weather conditions like high winds, the condition of the underlying
    foundations and workers' neglect of safety.

    4. Look out for unfolding hazards

    Common
    hazards that can occur when scaffolding work is being undertaken are
    falls from a height, instability of the structure, electrical hazards or
    incorrect loading, and / or supporting of the structure. Hazards can
    arise quickly and unexpectedly, so need to be looked out for every day
    as work continues. For example, if the weather has been poor, this may
    have caused a change in the suitability of the structure to hold a
    certain load, or if some parts of the structure have broken, someone may
    try to ‘fix' them while inadvertently causing them to be dangerous – an
    example of this is where the structure breaks and someone used bricks
    to support it. Someone on the look out for hazards should also check
    that the structure has been built correctly. Even if one section has
    been constructed incorrectly, this has a knock-on effect on the
    stability of other parts of the scaffold and can make the whole
    structure unsafe.

    5. Inspect equipment

    On a building site
    and particularly where work will be carried out at height on aluminium
    scaffold towers, for example there is an array of safety equipment that
    workers' lives will depend on. As such equipment should be inspected to
    ensure it is not worn, or broken and there should always be regular
    checks to ensure that safety Ringlock Lattice Beam equipment such as googles, rails and toe platforms has not gone missing.

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