We all know how working on scaffolds can be really dangerous sometimes. You may take proper scaffolding safety precautions, but things can get out of hand if they’re not maintained as they’re supposed to be. If they are taken care of, the work is safe – as safe as any other construction work. After all, you make your life and work easier by using the scaffolding. We’ve written this article to give you some safety tips on how to properly use a scaffold and on what you need to keep an eye on.
You need to be properly trained
The safety regulations ask for all the workers to be properly trained when working on a scaffold – this is mandatory even if you’re working near it. Either way, you need to understand the scaffold entirely – how it’s made and operated. You’ll need to learn how to get on or get off of the scaffold, what to do in case of emergency situations and how to prevent the falls. Everyone that works in a scaffold needs to be safe at all times.
Before starting using it, the scaffold needs to be inspected properly. the base needs to be secured and adjusted so that it’s okay for any lean in the building. The planks and the guardrail needs to be installed safely and you need to keep an eye on the elevation changes, weather conditions and wires.
Everyone needs to be licensed
Occupational Safety And Health Administration (OSHA for short) stated that rogue employers represent the biggest risk when working on scaffolding. They are not licensed to work there, but that doesn’t stop them. They don’t go through the proper channels to become licensed. Instead, they come with a pick-up truck, they gather some workers and building material that’s not really inspected. Those workers are in danger – but not only, as the future occupants of the building are at risk, too.
Understand the load capacity
There are some mistakes made sometimes during the design stages of scaffolding, and one of them is not thinking about all the different types of load – the ones that the material will be under in the construction and setup. You need to keep everyone involved safe, so what you need to do is not to overload the scaffolding with lots of workers thinking that you’ll save time. The same goes for equipment. Also, there’s nothing that can push against the guardrails.
The platform needs to be secured
Scaffolding is made to be attached to a building. The bracing sometimes is not properly secured – so the scaffold movement can dislodge an end, a thing that will lead to a reduced stability of the scaffold. You should know that there are some types of brace retention on scaffolds. They need to work freely while dismantling and during the assembly. You’ll also need to be able to lock if you want to prevent the brace from dislodging. The parts that are supplied must not be replaced by the manufacturer, by using nails.
Make the most out of guardrails
A construction company should take into consideration any scaffolding that’s over 10 feet high to have guardrails on the three sides, facing away from the building. The side that faces the building can still be in danger, so you need to have them there, too. The guardrails are not a replacement that can take the place of the fall protection gear. They cannot be worn all the times while working on the scaffold.
You need to inspect it
The structures of the rolling scaffolding need to be properly maintained constantly, and they also need to be inspected for them to retain their structural safety. You need to get someone who knows what they’re doing and inspect the structure to make sure that is safe and the boards are still intact. If you don’t check them constantly, the workers can be all in danger.