Working at height comes with a large number of risks, especially when you’re using tools and equipment that could potentially fall. For this reason, it’s imperative that everyone who works at height, including scaffolders, take the necessary precautions to prevent accidents and even fatalities from occurring.
One such precaution is to wear the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) for the job at hand. Not only does it look professional, but it is also essential to keeping scaffolders safe. Here are just five pieces of PPE that all scaffolders should wear:
Whether you’re working on the first floor of a residential property or the tenth floor of an office block, it’s important to minimise the risk of falling from height as much as possible. For this reason, it’s highly recommended that all scaffolders wear safety harnesses when working at heights of six feet or higher. When attached and used appropriately, a harness provides a much-needed safety net in the event of slips and trips.
Even when you aren’t working at height yourself, it’s essential to protect yourself from any debris or building tools that may fall from above. A sturdy hard hat is the only way to do this effectively, so make sure you’re wearing one at all times on site. A falling hammer or paintbrush can cause a whole lot of damage, even if it only falls a short distance, so prepare for all eventualities with protective headwear.
As with any outside job, protective overalls may be required to keep you warm and dry in unpleasant weather conditions. It is never advisable to carry on working at height if it’s raining or particularly windy, however, it’s a good idea to be prepared if you find yourself working in poor weather. Make sure you have waterproof clothing and consider wearing overalls, as all-in-one pieces are much less likely to snag on safety rails.
To prevent slips and trips at height, it’s imperative to invest in good-quality safety footwear. Wearing thick, non-slip boots can help to minimise the risk of stumbling and falling, particularly if the scaffolding is wet and slippery due to poor weather conditions. Make sure you opt for boots with steel-capped toes, too, as these will protect your feet from any falling objects.
Thick, protective gloves aren’t just for keeping your hands warm, although this is one of their primary functions. Gloves with additional grip are a necessary addition to any scaffolder’s PPE kit as they are suitable for use when mounting the scaffolding and carrying equipment from place to place. Without the extra grip, scaffolders will struggle to get a firm grasp on the structure’s safety rails and may be prone to dropping equipment.
While the correct PPE is essential, working at height safely also relies on the erection of good-quality scaffolding towers. Without strong and stable scaffolding, your workers could be at risk of falling from height or dropping equipment. For this reason, it’s essential to hire your scaffolding from a company that puts quality and safety at the forefront of everything they do.
At DH Scaffold Services Ltd, scaffolding specialists based in Sheffield, we’re proud to offer just that. We provide first-rate scaffolding solutions to customers across the UK, in addition to offering quotations and surveys, design packages and more. For more information about our range of scaffolding solutions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at DH Scaffold Services Ltd today.