Scaffold safety tips

Scaffolding systems are designed to make the process of construction both easier and safer. That said, whether you’re working at a second storey or twenty storey level, it’s essential that certain safety procedures are followed. Here are some important rules and practices that every contractor should follow:

 Proper training

All staff members need to be made aware of safe work practices. All workers must be trained in safety procedures so that they make the right choices. For example, workers should always use an access ladder rather than climbing up on the scaffolding itself. Fall prevention and protection training, as well as assembly and disassembly safety, are all part of the training process.

Thorough preparation

Before you make use of any kind of scaffolding system, it’s essential that you do the proper groundwork. Prepare the scaffolding so that it has a solid base. All braces must be firmly in place, and other things like location and conditions also need to be considered.

 Legal concerns

There are a number of rules regulated by the authorities that must be followed at all times. These rules are clearly documented and should be understood by all parties concerned. Make sure that your scaffolding system is up to code and take note of any changes to the current laws.

Load capacity

Each scaffolding system will have a specific load capacity, and this must be respected at all times. It’s important to choose your system based on your needs. This way you won’t risk overloading the system and risking an accident.

Secure the system

The scaffolding must always be securely tied to the building or otherwise braced so that it doesn’t move. If wrapped in a tarp, the wind can blow it over if left unsecured. Not only does this present a risk to your workers but also bystanders and surrounding property.

Guardrails

No matter how high or how low you build your scaffolding, you will always need guardrails for safety reasons. It’s important not to hang or rest anything against the guardrails. They are only there to offer protection from falling.

Maintenance

Every part of the system needs to be inspected and maintained on a regular basis. If you notice any kind of wear or damage, it needs to be repaired or replaced immediately. There really is no point in taking unnecessary risks.

Proper storage

If you invest in your own scaffolding, you will need to make sure that it’s stored properly when not in use. Everything needs to be stored in the right conditions, and all components should be kept together so that nothing gets lost.

Level

There are few things more distracting and dangerous than an uneven work surface. All levels of your scaffolding system must be level for maximum balance and safety.

Footwear

All workers must wear non-slip protective footwear. The right footwear will help ensure maximum safety while working in such conditions. Like scaffolding systems, any footwear and protective wear must be up to code.

For quality scaffolding systems, contact TCS Construction at (905) 761-9330. Our years of experience in the industry gives us the added advantage of superior construction knowledge.