Scaffolding is basically a temporary structure made of wooden planks and metal poles on the building’s exterior, used by the workmen during constructing, repairing or cleaning the building. But to one’s disappointment working on raised scaffolding is one of the leading causes of deaths of workers during the process of construction. Every year, hundreds of workers die in the city while performing work on scaffolds- either because of falls, electrocutions or falling objects from heights.
However, the numbers of such instances were decreased where safety protocols and practices were observed properly. Moreover, the scaffolding equipment erected by trained professionals proved to be as safe as any other elevated construction technique and kept up with the safety levels of the men during the work.
Let us consider some scaffolding safety tips to reduce all sorts of hazards for your workers in the future projects-
Before getting on a scaffold, make sure the workmen have acquired knowledge on how the scaffolds are designed and operated. In addition, the workmen should have undergone proper training in regards to how to use it, how to handle different types of materials and the different load capacities of the scaffold. This type of training is essential to understand how to react to emergency situations and keep yourself and the people around you safe at all the times.
Supervision and Inspection
Having a supervisor on-site to monitor the activities of workmen not only ensure their safety but also timely completion of the project. Moreover, a competent person inspecting the scaffold before and after the work shift is crucial to assure that it is working in a safe and sound condition. Scaffolds may need to be erected, altered or moved from time to time and doing it under the direct supervision of an expert protects everyone from all potential risks.
Guardrail and Harness
Installation of a guardrail is the best way to enhance the safety levels of workers as it prevents the workers to accidentally step off the platform edge. The experts recommend using guardrails on the scaffold which is over 10 feet high. Also, wearing harnesses and protection gears all the time while on the scaffolding is necessary to keep up the safety levels.
As mentioned previously, every man working on-site should be aware of the loading capacity of the scaffold. Not adhering to the load capacity guidelines is one of the common mistakes committed by the majority of people. It is not only about the worker’s load on the platform, but about the weight of other working equipment and materials that add a significant burden on the structure.
Building a solid base is essential to keep up the strength of the whole structure. Setting a block of wood can prevent the scaffold from sinking into soft soils and ensure an even distribution of weight. Also, it is a great choice to build the scaffold over uneven road surfaces.
Despite all these safety tips, your alertness while working on the scaffold plays the crucial role. Be your life savior, and keep a watch at your balance all the times.