As scaffolding is a high-risk job, it is absolutely essential for scaffolders to take the utmost care when working at height. From falling from a platform to dropping building equipment in the path of workers below, there are a number of things that can go wrong when you’re working on a scaffolding tower. That’s why it’s so important to take the necessary precautions to avoid injury and unpleasant accidents from occurring.
As industry professionals, we at DH Scaffold Services know the importance of staying safe at height. Here are our top tips for protecting yourself at work:
Inspect the scaffolding
Before you allow your employees to mount and work on the scaffolding, you’ll need to ensure that it’s completely safe for use. The only way to do this is to complete a thorough inspection before it’s used and every seven days until it’s dismantled. This is also a requirement of the 2005 Work at Height Regulations and must be completed to comply with the appropriate legislation, not to mention keeping yourself and your staff safe.
Consider the weather conditions
In the construction industry, it’s probable that you’ll be expected to work outdoors the majority of the time. During the summer months, this can be wonderful! However, if weather conditions are harsh, it’s imperative to reconsider whether or not it’s safe enough to work outside. This is especially true when you’re working at height. Rain and snow can make scaffolding extremely slippery, so don’t put yourself in danger by trying to work in these conditions.
Wear the correct PPE
As with any job, wearing the appropriate safety wear is essential to not only looking professional but keeping yourself safe on the job. This is also true for scaffolders, who have to deal with the added risk of height in addition to carrying heavy tools and so on. Wearing the correct PPE (personal protective equipment) prevents accidents and injury, so make sure you’re wearing non-slip steep-capped boots, a sturdy helmet and a good quality harness.
Don’t exceed the load capacity
When you’re working with scaffolding, it’s necessary to make sure that you don’t exceed the recommended load capacity. As a general rule, scaffolding should be able to support its own weight plus four times the maximum intended load. Overloading your scaffolding could make it an unstable and unsafe place to work, and might put your employees in danger.
Keep your balance
Once your scaffolding is in place and the weather conditions are just right, it’s essential to make sure that you’re doing all you can to stay safe while working at height. In order to prevent slips and trips, you need to keep your balance with both feet on the platform. Do this by holding onto guardrails, walking slowly, and making sure that you don’t carry too many tools and materials at once.
At DH Scaffold Services, we know just how important it is to stay safe when working at height. We also understand the necessity of sourcing scaffolding solutions which are strong, sturdy and cost-effective, which is why we’re dedicated to providing only the best quality scaffolding to our valued customers.
We work with civil engineering contractors, architects and scaffolding contractors, and are proud to deliver great results every time. For more information about our range of services, including bespoke design packages, get in touch with our team of professionals today.