You may believe that there is no way to make scaffolding safe. However, having the right behaviors and tools in place can make a huge difference. If you work on a construction site and frame is used, the following information may be life-saving. Let’s look at the six ways to stay safe with structure.
1. Advocate Training
Anyone who uses scaffolding or who operates in the vicinity of the structure should be properly trained. Many studies have shown that many fatal accidents involving skeletons have been caused by people not being taught safe usage or the appropriate procedures for scaffolding. Training should include knowledge about the types of structure, how to set it up, use it, fall protection, and work safety practices.
2. Inspect, Inspect, Inspect
Inspections should be completed every day before anyone uses the tower. This should not be a superficial thing either, but a thorough inspection. Start at the foundation and finish at the highest level. Check all the screws, locks, and braces for rust and make sure they are secure. Check the wood for damage and rot. Make sure all other elements are properly attached and positioned.
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3. Stick to Quality
Scaffolding isn’t cheap, and this has led to several companies being formed that offer framing at highly discounted prices. Could you not use them? Always make sure your materials are properly certified. Yes, they cost more, but the lawsuits you will be filed with if someone dies or is injured due to unsafe, uncertified scaffolding towers will be far more expensive. Plus, it would help if you always put before profits.
4. Don’t Overload
Scaffolding is built to hold a certain amount of weight and no more. Never, ever exceed this weight. Remember, as well, to count the weight of the materials, as well as the combined weight of the people working on your scaffolding. This is why you must also ensure that all your construction workers are honest about their weight, clothing, as these calculations must be made properly. Always round upwards as well to have a reasonable margin of error.
5. Maintain Your Scaffolding
Whether in use or not, the tower should be regularly inspected, and the individual parts should be properly maintained. An independent supervisor knowledgeable about structure and design should conduct this regular inspection. They will check each piece and tell you whether something needs repairing or replacing. If any part is no good anymore, you won’t have wasted it as you may be able to reuse it somewhere else, just not on your scaffolding tower.
6. Store it Properly
Last but not least, your scaffolding should be properly stored. What will happen to the individual parts if you always leave them exposed to the elements? Storage is a key element to overall safety.