Every day thousands of individuals entrust their lives and their loved ones lives to scaffolding. Safety issues on the job, faulty equipment and the likes can have a detrimental effect on the efficiency and enthusiasm of your employees. In the worst case scenario, an accident could mean the loss of life or the possibility of costly lawsuits.
To prevent this, here is a list of the top steps you can take to ensure your work site is safe:
Use the right equipment
Ensuring the scaffolders have the right equipment for their task is the first step to a safe work site. One key area to focus on is on protective equipment. This means hard hats with a strap so that they don’t fall off and gloves that don’t obstruct the use of the fingers but also offer enough protection for the task at hand. Systems that offer protection against falls are also a must.
While not as crucial the equipment above, consider using both torque wrenches and ratchets so that the equipment will not be overworked.
Take a look at the site
The construction site must be in good condition for an E&D process to go through. Issues like soil erosion and water underground cannot be seen by the eye and will need more specific equipment. You should also make sure there is no overhead work going on in the area such as the use of cranes and so on. Blasting and excavation work should also be stopped. Most often the scaffolding consultants like DH Scaffold Services Limited will help you take such precautions.
Make a field level risk assessment
This assessment is done in order to identify any safety issues that exist in the site. When you do the field level risk assessment early on, you can come up with all the necessary processes that can protect the site and its workers. Bracing plans, power lines and the procedure for the construction of the scaffolds are some of the things you should assess.
Ensure that a rescue plan is in place
While you might be confident that there will be no need for a backup safety plan, it is always better to stay on the safe side as you can not predict when things will go wrong. Ensure that all the workers on the site are aware of the rescue plan and conduct regular drills so that they know how to act in the event of an emergency.
A study by OSHA has shown that 25% of the workers in the site don’t know proper safety protocols. As the owner or supervisor, the responsibility falls on your shoulders to protect your crew by enforcing all safety regulations and educating everyone on what to do and what not to do.
About DH Scaffold Services Limited
DH Scaffold Services Limited is a scaffold company that focuses on all scaffolding services like specialist scaffold design. With years of experience in the industry you can count on us to ensure your scaffolding is done efficiently and most importantly in a safe manner. Give us a call on 01142300923 today!