Scaffoldings and related safety concerns
Scaffoldings are an important tool for people in the construction industry. It is a temporary structure used to aid construction, maintenance, repair of structures.
Scaffolding is also used in adapted forms for grandstand seating, concert stages, access/viewing towers, exhibition stands, ski ramps, half pipes and art projects.
Scaffolding means the individual components like tubes, couplers or frames and materials that when assembled form a scaffold. Scaffolding is classified as plant under Work Health and Safety (WHS) Act.
According to a study of Bureau of Labor and Statistics(BLS), 72% of workers injured in scaffold accidents attributed the accident either to the planking or support giving way, or to the employee slipping or struck by falling object.
When used properly, scaffolds can save significant time and money. The key issue to safety when working on scaffolding boils down to whether it is safe to work on.
This needs scaffolding erection by trained professionals and need proper inspected. It is also important that each worker is equipped with proper protective equipment and is trained on safe work practices while working on scaffolds.
Safety pushes as an urgency to have personnel in workplace who ensure work health and safety. A range of people have specific responsibilities for scaffolding including designers and contractors and workers.
Scaffold has to fulfil a diverse set of requirements:
- creation of safe and productive working areas
- providing access to working areas at higher levels
- carrying area and/or point loads
Scaffolding: How can risks be managed?
Risk management becomes an essential requirement with scaffolding in place. The workers and other people are not exposed to health and safety risks.
- Observe the workplace to identify areas where scaffolds are used or scaffolding work is performed and where there is interaction with vehicles, pedestrians and fixed structures.
- Look for environment in which the scaffold is to be used including checking ground conditions.
- Identify functional requirements like the maximum live and dead loads and access requirements.
- Inspect the scaffolding before and after use.
- Ask your workers about any problems they encounter with scaffolds.
- Use personal protective equipment (PPE), footwear and high visibility vests.
- Scaffold Competent Person: A knowledgeable individual who takes responsibility of preplanning will reduce chances of injury. However, when building, moving/dismantling a scaffold, a knowledgeable person, must be present. Improper construction can lead to a total collapse of the scaffold or falling components which can be fatal.
The proper erection of a scaffold is essential in preventing this particular hazard. Before erecting the scaffold, many factors must be accounted for:
- The amount of weight the scaffold will be required to hold.
- Materialsand type of Scaffold.
- Foundation stability, placement of scaffold planks, distance from the scaffold to the work surface.
While selecting scaffolds, always remember the type you choose. BilJax style Scaffolding can be one of your choices when it comes to safety. The yellow frames are built to match with BJ BilJax pattern frames which are most commonly used in the industry. Their pattern is available in a multitude of heights, and all are 5′ wide. They sell scaffolding sets with stackpin, which make them stand over the competitors in market. Scaffold USA is a pioneer in the market and provides a wide range solution. Scaffolding comes in a variety of patterns and sizes for a variety of applications. Check out their website with a prepared list and choose the best for yourself!
Scaffold safety starts from the ground up. Only safe work conditions and actions will prevent unnecessary injuries at work.Fall protection is required when using scaffolds with proper access to positioning and movement. Barricades must be kept to prevent individuals from walking under work platforms and place signs to warn of possible hazards.