Five Scaffold Mistakes

Construction & Contractors Blog

Scaffolding enable vertical work on office buildings, apartment buildings and any structure that has more than one story. Working in construction, you'll likely become familiar with these systems over time. However, if you're beginning to put scaffolds on all your sites, you could use a refresher on vital details so you'll avoid scaffold mistakes like these.

Failing to Train

If your workers say that they know what they're doing with scaffolds, you might believe they do. This is especially so if you know their work history and know they've worked on scaffolding before. However, you must check on their skills so that you can protect them and the company. Watch them head up on a scaffold; are they wearing a helmet and other personal gear? Are they connected correctly to their fall arrest system? Do they always keep three-point contact with scaffolds? You should be noting their behavior. In fact, training sessions are key. You may see bad habits gleaned from other sites or employers and set them straight. Ensuring you have put them through scaffold training yourself, confidence about safety is possible.

Ignoring Scaffold Material

Renting different scaffold materials may be due to the company budget at any given time. Aluminum, fiberglass or alloys of steel are common, but it's smart to match materials to the job. Steel is needed for heavy objects. Aluminum is good for quick, simple jobs. Fiberglass is sometimes safer than metal. If you're purchasing your own system, fiberglass is smart because of its inability to corrode.

Ignoring Max Load Specifications

If working with heavier materials like bricks, it's easy to load a bunch on a single scaffold so that it's not necessary to go down and up as much. However, without respecting load specifications, a worker could jeopardize the entire system and put co-workers at risk. Everyone should understand that an overworked, overladen scaffold could buckle.

Allowing Clutter

Even if loads are within limits, keeping buckets, tools and other objects laying on scaffolds is a safety hazard. If you're allowing workers to leave any old thing on a scaffold, that could be a danger. Monitor the system every few hours and have clutter removed whenever you see it.

Working on Wet Scaffolds

Light rain or snow left over from the weekends may seem easy enough to ignore. However, wet scaffolds produce slick surfaces that are great for slipping on. Take measures to cover scaffolds if there's precipitation in the forecast; don't work on wet scaffolds.

Enabling everyone to work safely and smartly by avoiding these scaffold mistakes. Encourage everyone to work with these structures safely.

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15 August 2018

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