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Prioritising Safety when Using Scaffolding – What You Need to KNow

Scaffolding structures are everywhere, we see them almost every day as we drive around on our way to work or elsewhere. But if you need to erect scaffolding, either for a short-term project or longer-term project, you need to be aware of the importance of safety when it comes to using scaffolding. So, what should you be aware of, and look out for, when using scaffolding?

Safety measures – utilisation:

When deploying scaffolding Eastbourne scaffolding experts recommend the following:

Scaffolding must be checked before starting the workday or after being affected by any circumstance that may alter its strength and stability, especially in case of severe wind or rain, a safety revision must be made. This should include checking that:

  • The bases are correctly arranged and do not exceed their maximum regulation length.

  • The uprights are aligned.

  • The uprights are vertical.

  • The stringers are horizontal.

  • The crossbars are horizontal.

  • The horizontal and vertical bracing elements are in good condition.

  • The anchors of the façade are in good condition and arranged according to the configuration of the assembly plan, if applicable.

  • The frames with their pins, if required, are correctly assembled.

  • The work platforms are correctly arranged and adapted to the structure of the scaffolding and conditions of use, without risk of sliding or lifting.

  • The handrails, intermediate bars, and skirting boards are correctly arranged and in good condition.

  • The accesses are in good conditions.

In addition to the actual scaffolding structure, it is essential that those working on such structures be adequately kitted out with the correct PPE (personal protection equipment).

Individual protection equipment:

The recommended PPE for the assembly, use and disassembly operations of scaffolding are the following:

  • Safety helmet. It is highly recommended that it has a chin strap, since it protects against the possible impact of the head against the tubes of the scaffolding and eliminates the risk of the helmet falling from the head.

  • Reinforced leather gloves.

  • Safety footwear.

In situations where protection against falls from a height is not guaranteed by collective safety measures, fall protection equipment should be deployed. The fall protection equipment must consist of a fall arrest harness, a mooring device with energy absorber or a retractable fall prevention device; workers using such apparatus should be connected at all times by means of a double carabiner.

Any additional PPE to be used should be determined based on the corresponding risk evaluation, depending on the type of work, the conditions of the site in which the scaffolding is located, and the work which will be carried out.

The safety of all involved in the assembly, utilisation, and disassembly of scaffolding should always be a priority in the planning of any construction or maintenance project undertaken.

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