When you’re working on a construction site, safety is a big concern. This is particularly true when it comes to taller buildings where you need to incorporate scaffolding. Unfortunately, scaffolding accidents are on the rise, which means even more care needs to be taken when moving to higher levels.
The majority of scaffolding accidents are caused by falls or slips on the same level, but there are also a number of falls from a height, and a number of accidents involve materials falling from a height. Knowing exactly what kinds of accidents are occurring, construction workers can take steps to eliminate some of the risks.
Staying Safe on Scaffolding
First, it’s important that scaffolding is properly constructed. It’s always best to hire a scaffolding company to handle this, as they are the experts and can ensure that the structure is sound. They can also inspect any existing scaffolding to check that it is as safe as possible.
Once you’ve ensured that the scaffolding structure is secure, it’s time to look at how to reduce slips and falls on the same level. This refers to people falling on the scaffolding, but not actually falling from it. This may occur when the surface is slippery or if materials and tools are left on the floor of the scaffolding.
To eliminate the majority of same level falls, anyone working on the scaffolding should be wearing non-slip construction boots. It’s also important to maintain a clear walking area and to utilise shelves for materials. Tools should never be left lying around. Workers should also be aware of what they are stepping on and should pay attention to their surroundings.
If you are using scaffolding materials that tend to be slippery when wet, consider changing them out for something with more texture to provide grip for workers’ boots. Workers must always use their safety equipment to prevent injury if they do fall.
Speaking of safety equipment, this is an important part of preventing falls from a height. Having workers on higher levels use safety harnesses and railings on the scaffolding setup is useful in preventing them from tumbling off a platform from several stories up.
Materials at a height should also be secured. It’s normal for scaffolding to move slightly as people are moving around on it, so any building materials or tools need to be secured so they don’t move to the edge and fall. This is a very important part of scaffolding safety that needs to be addressed.
Finally, your scaffolding needs to be inspected regularly to ensure that use has not weakened any of the supports or caused bolts to shift. A collapse may occur if this preventative measure is not carried out.
Scaffolding is an essential part of building and when used correctly, it can be quite safe and useful. It’s well worth investing in a quality company to set up your support platforms and ensure the safety of your workers.
Contact DH Scaffolding today and speak with one of scaffolding experts, who will be more than happy to walk you through the best options for your next project.