Safety With Scaffolding

Scaffolding is essential when you’re carrying out construction works at height. There is an inherent danger that comes with working above ground level. The best way to ensure that everyone who comes into contact with scaffolds is safe is to be informed about basic safety practices. We’ve put together a basic guide for your convenience.

Fall Protection

Working at height means that there is a risk of falls. Falls can be catastrophic, and in the worst cases fatal. There must be toe boards, guard rails and barriers to ensure people or building materials do not fall from the structure. The boarding must be appropriate for the amount of weight expected on the scaffolding. It also needs to be able to withstand the forces that come with moving items and walking on the structure.

Protective Clothing

All construction workers should be wearing the appropriate clothing for their job. Footwear is important, as the correct grip is required to ensure there are no slips or trips. There are a lot of trip hazards on work sites, so the shoes must be in good condition and be laced properly. Steel-toe boots are essential, as tools and heavy objects have the potential to fall on a scaffolder’s feet.

Communication

Scaffolders will need to pass objects up and down, sometimes by quite some height. Therefore, good communication is important. Work sites can be busy and loud, so it’s a good idea to ensure that workers are equipped with mobile phones or walkie talkies. These should be switched on and not on silent mode, as they’ll need to alert workers if there are any risks. Good communication could be the difference between a dangerous situation and one that’s avoided.

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For Safe Scaffolding Contractors, Choose Access

Access’s team of scaffolders are well-versed in safety procedures. We put the health and safety of the public and our employees at the forefront of our work. Every structure we erect is done with care and attention, to ensure that nobody is put at risk. Contact us today if you’d like to discuss any of our services, we’d be happy to help.

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