Scaffolding plays an essential role in the construction industry, allowing workers to erect buildings, perform restoration work, roof repairs, paint ceilings and more. An estimated 2.3 million construction workers (around 65% of the construction industry) regularly work with scaffolding, but it’s not without its hazards. Scaffold-related accidents account for around 4,500 injuries each year, so it’s vital to know how to work with this equipment safely.
Scaffolding injuries can be devastating for workers, but they can also cost employers a great deal of money, in either compensation or workdays lost. Read on to find out how to stay safe when working with scaffolding, and protect your business and employees.
Don’t overload the scaffold
Workers should always be aware of the maximum intended load of any scaffold they’re working on, as well as its load carrying capacities. Overloading the platform can compromise a scaffold’s integrity, and it increases the chances of fall hazards for workers below.
Pay attention to the weather
Never work on scaffolding if it’s covered in ice, snow, or mud, and consider delaying work after heavy rain as scaffolding can be extremely slippery when wet. Any debris like wet leaves or twigs should be removed before you start work and avoid using scaffolding if the weather is very wet or windy.
Arrange scaffolding safety training
All employees should be properly trained before working on a scaffold, and the training should cover issues such as falling object hazards, how to handle equipment, load capacities and electrocution risks. A competent person should also inspect the scaffolding before you start work each day to ensure that it’s safe for use.
Always dress appropriately
Employees should always wear a hard hat when working on or around scaffolding, as well as a high vis jacket and non slip work boots. You may also need additional protective equipment, such as eye goggles, a safety harness or protective gloves, depending on the job.
If you’re looking for a talented, professional scaffolding team that adheres to the highest safety standards, get in touch with the experts at Rodells. We’re proud to offer scaffolding solutions for both the commercial and industrial sectors and as an accredited member of NASC, our workforce is highly trained and adheres to all regulations set out in the industry. For more information about any of our scaffolding services or our safety procedures, give us a call today or visit our website.