Falls from scaffoldings have decreased drastically in recent years, across the nation. However, it is still one of the riskier parts of a construction site and caution must be taken.
There’s more to scaffolding safety than preventing falls from a height. The most common causes of accidents and injuries on scaffoldings include slipping, tripping, or falling on the same level, which can cause serious injury, too. It’s important that your workers follow strict safety procedures to prevent possible damages.
Choose the Right Scaffolding Company
An experienced scaffolding company will build up the scaffolding properly and nothing is left to chance. It’s best to hire someone to help with this, to ensure a quality product and design right from the start. Look for a company that has been in business for at least five years and has design engineers on staff.
Select the Correct Type of Scaffolding
The type of construction scaffolding you use will depend on the project. Certain methods of construction or restoration require more complex types of structures. Whether suspended or supported, the type of platform used will determine the safety methods used.
Carry Out Regular Inspections
The scaffolding should be inspected before anyone even sets foot on it and then every seven days thereafter. This can help identify any problems before they put workers in any kind of danger. If there is any inclement weather, high winds, or other elements that may cause damage, the inspection should be carried out earlier than scheduled.
Ensure Workers Follow Security Protocol
Your workers need to stay safe while on the structure, which means wearing a harness and a hard hat while working on scaffolding. It’s also important that every worker use non-skid boots to prevent slips. To keep falling objects to a minimum, tool lanyards are a good option. These keep tools attached to your belt so they can’t fall on someone below. All scaffolding should be clear of debris and tools at the end of each shift, to stop anyone from tripping and to keep items from blowing off the ledge and hitting someone else.
Train Anyone Getting On the Scaffolding
If you have workers who will be climbing up and working on the scaffolding, they need to be trained ahead of time. This is to ensure they don’t do anything risky, such as climb the structure in an area not meant for scaling, or anything else that could cause an accident. If you notice a worker behaving in an unsafe manner, immediately remove them from the structure and require them to go through another round of training.
Safety is paramount in any construction site and scaffolding is one of the more dangerous sections of any project. The potential for injury and death is much higher, due to the height of the structures used, so it’s important that your workers are aware of the risks and know how to mitigate them.