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Four Steps To Stay Safe While Working Around Scaffolding

August 31, 2018

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In recent news, two workers died from a scaffolding incident. One survived by pulling himself to safety during the event and sustained minor injuries. Unfortunately, this incident isn’t a one-time event. Situations such as these occur daily, especially when proper procedures and precautions are not taken.
In this specific incident, there is no information present on what made the scaffolding give way, but there were steps that should have been taken to prevent such an incident to occur.

 

Methods for Better and Safer Scaffolding

1. Training:
Workers need to be trained on how to use the scaffolding and have the correct scaffolding. This means that they should know all safety regulations that pertain to the use and safety of them.

2. Know the Hazards:
Knowing the hazards that come with scaffolding will help you stay safe. These can include falling hazards, tripping hazards, weather hazards, and others. Make sure that you are prepared each day, so you can limit the risk of an incident happening to you.

3. Use Proper Safety Devices:
This will include the use of PPE, such as fall protection. When it comes to fall protection, you should follow the ABCs of Fall Protection. This includes Anchorage, Bodywear, and Connecting Devices.
Anchorage: is the secured point where you are tied off outside of the scaffolding. It is in place to help you stay connected with the building in the case that the scaffolding does fall apart.
Body Wear: This includes the full-body harness, which helps hold you securely in place during a fall incident.
Connecting Devices: This is a critical point of the fall protection. It is the link that holds the body harness to the anchorage point. If this link is not strong enough, it can break during a fall and do little to keep you safe.

4. Inspection:
You should always inspect the scaffolding to ensure that it is holding in place properly and shows no wear and tear. If you notice any signs of weakness, no one should be on it until it has been repaired. Remember to always reinspect daily to catch any issues with the integrity of the structure.

 

Remember, scaffolding can be a safe place while on the job site. It only becomes dangerous when proper methods are not applied and ignored. Stay on top of the proper procedures and know the rules that apply.

For more safety tips when working on or near scaffolding take a look at our Scaffolding and Fall Protection training.

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