How to Stay Safe on Scaffolding

When working on scaffolding, safety is the most important focus. Many things can go wrong, and a lot of injuries related to scaffolding accidents are preventable. If everyone on-site follows the rules, working on scaffolding can be safe and straightforward.

Here are the ways you can ensure safety on scaffolding.

1. Take Time to Prepare for Scaffold Work

Check the base of the scaffolding, make sure it's level, and locks are secure to have a strong base. Ensure that decks and guardrails are correctly installed, and make sure you are aware of the hazards of your surroundings. By learning the terrain and conditions of the site, you protect yourself and others from scaffolding-related injuries.

2. Be Aware of Load Limits

Load limits on scaffolding are precise. You should respect their capacity and be mindful of where you are in relation to the max at all times. This means that too many people, equipment, or materials can be hazardous and cause planks to crack. In order to keep everyone safe, it's best to get the scaffolding you need rather than overloading.

3. Inspect the Equipment – Repeatedly

Site supervisors and engineers should continuously be checking and testing the components parts of the scaffolding. If parts are damaged or worn, it’s a good safety practice to replace them.

4. Use Personal Protection Equipment and Be Mindful When Climbing

Be sure to have all the appropriate personal equipment, like head protection, proper non-slip boots, and safety harnesses. A good practice is to have three points of contact with the structure continuously.

Bottom Line

Don't cut corners when it comes to safety. The extra time it takes to triple-check equipment and make sure everything is in place is worth the wait. By knowing the best practices of scaffolding injury prevention, you can save a lot of workplace injuries from occurring.