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The campaign identified a number of safety issues and suggested a variety of control measures. The control measures outlined below are for scaffolders. Regulations in each jurisdiction place general obligations on designers, manufacturers, suppliers, and hirers or lessors of plant and employers who use the plant to identify hazards associated with using the plant, and to assess and control the resulting risks. These regulations supplement the legislative requirements contained in acts relevant to eachjurisdiction.
Everyone has probably heard horror stories about injuries resulting from falls associated with scaffolding setups on construction sites or on existing buildings. Here are some of the best ways to observe proper safety precautions on the job and minimize the risk of scaffolding injuries. Take the time to make sure that your scaffolding base is soundly anchored, properly leveled and adjusted, and that all legs are plumb. Be sure all braces are in place, and that all locking mechanisms are secure. Check to verify that cross members are level, and that decks, planks, and guardrails are all properly installed in accordance with best safety practices. All workers who will be making use of the scaffolding need to be trained in the design and operation of these structures. Everyone should be well-trained about how to safely get on and get off, and they should also be instructed about how to avoid the hazards of a fall, as well as the assembly and disassembly of the scaffolding.
This document provides an introduction to some of the requirements intended to prevent scaffold related injuries. Protecting these workers from scaffold-related accidents would prevent an estimated 4, injuries and 50 fatalities each year. Some of these requirements include:. Brent R. Leisenring, P. He is a registered Professional Engineer with over 30 years of industry experience. Brent has worked at every level within the construction industry, from mason to project manager.
Beta This is a new way of showing guidance - your feedback will help us improve it. This guide is intended to clarify when a scaffold design is required and what level of training and competence those erecting, dismantling, altering, inspecting and supervising scaffolding operations are expected to have. It is a requirement of the Work at Height Regulations that unless a scaffold is assembled to a generally recognised standard configuration, eg NASC Technical Guidance TG20 for tube and fitting scaffolds or similar guidance from manufacturers of system scaffolds, the scaffold should be designed by bespoke calculation, by a competent person, to ensure it will have adequate strength, rigidity and stability while it is erected, used and dismantled. At the start of the planning process, the user should supply relevant information to the scaffold contractor to ensure an accurate and proper design process is followed. Typically this information should include:.
Scaffold Safety: 4 Common Hazards and How to Reduce Exposure. Falls. Falls are attributed to the lack of guardrails, improper installation of guardrails and failure to use personal fall arrest systems when required. Scaffold collapse. Struck by falling materials. Electrocution.
There have been a number of incidents where lack of fall prevention systems contributed to worker injuries and there were limited practical solutions to safely erect, alter and dismantle prefabricated steel modular scaffolding. This guide has been developed in consultation with industry and provides practical guidance for those erecting, altering and dismantling scaffolding, and for principal contractors, employers, suppliers of scaffolds and others involved in using prefabricated steel modular scaffolding. Work health and safety regulations require the control of risk to health and safety. Following this guide is a means to achieve such compliance. The purpose of this guide is to provide guidance to the scaffolding industry to safely erect, alter and dismantle prefabricated steel modular scaffolding for commercial and residential buildings.
Possible control measures to be implemented when erecting an independent tied scaffold include ensuring that the scaffold is designed for the load it is intended to take and that it is erected by a competent scaffold contractor on firm, level ground with base plates used to spread the load. The scaffold components should be free from damage. The scaffolders should wear fall-arrest equipment during the assembly to prevent falls. The scaffold should be tied securely to the building with the appropriate number of ties to prevent collapse, taking into account possible loads and adverse weather conditions.
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