13 Jul Scaffolding Safety Tips
Safety is our number one priority at Commercial Project Services. We realise the immeasurable value of safety in the workplace and working diligently to ensure all of our staff members are highly trained in – and aware of – the latest safety and load capacity regulations, whether local or national, and are able to identify potential safety risks in the workplace. We pride ourselves on being fully code-compliant, and inspect our quality equipment on a regular basis to ensure our safety priorities are not only being met, but exceeded.
While scaffolding work can certainly be dangerous for those who do not take the proper precautions, we are here to offer our top scaffolding safety tips for your added benefit and knowledge.
Follow Manufacturer Instructions
When scaffolding is erected, it’s important to follow protocol down to the smallest detail. Improper setup can often lead to accidents so if you’ve got a question you can’t find the answer to, get in touch with the manufacturer – the best resource available to you in regard to safe handling of their equipment.
On the same note, do not mix and match parts and scaffolds designed by different manufacturers. Just because it seems as though the parts fit ‘well enough’ doesn’t mean they will hold or work properly over time. Take the safe route and stick to one manufacturer for all of your scaffolding materials.
Inspect Materials Thoroughly
Perhaps the most important step to ensuring proper safety protocols are being met is inspection. Inspect all scaffolding carefully before mounting it and know how to identify parts that may be damaged, cracked or worn out before moving forward with the setup process to avoid putting yourself and others in danger.
Additionally, do not use any rope that is frayed or torn, and avoid using additional materials like boxes or bricks to support scaffolding. Scaffolding that wobbles or leans to one side should never be climbed or used to support heavy materials.
Pay Attention to Weather Forecasts
If the scaffold is covered in mud, ice, snow or even excessive gravel and sand, it is likely unfit to work on. Similarly, workers should avoid scaffolding duties during strong winds and stormy conditions, as it is unsafe and not worth the risk.
Take Proper Precautions
First, ensure guardrails and flooring are in the proper position. Make sure the wheels are secured, and do not move the scaffolding while it is in use. Keep both feet positioned on the deck and avoid climbing or sitting on the guardrails at all times. It is recommended to keep a 3-point grip – either two hands and one foot, or two feet and one hand – while working with scaffolding and avoid going near any power lines. Ensure you’re aware of the specific load capacities for both workers and the necessary materials, and utilise protective gear like nonslip footwear and hard hats for extra safety measures.
Keeping your materials – and space – well organised is a vital safety step many workers tend to skip over. Guaranteeing your space is clear of any loose materials, including tools and other debris, reduces your risk of tripping and falling or even accidentally kicking items off the side, creating danger for those who may happen to be anywhere beneath you.
Building a workbench or creating a contained space for your materials is a stellar way to make sure you have everything you need without creating additional danger to yourself and those around you.