Tips to Examine Scaffolding
The installation of Scaffolding at the construction site is very important to the safety of the project. Scaffolding workers approach the area, which is difficult to reach. Aside from erect new construction projects, aluminum rolsteigers are also used when the existing building wants renovation and retrofitting.
While Scaffolding provides security and safety, installing Scaffolding can also be dangerous for the workers. A simple mistake can result in catastrophic consequences, like falls leading to hospitalizations. Building the Scaffolding can be quite risky, so the workers must be very careful when installing the Scaffolding.
To ensure that no accident occurs at the workplace, follow these important tips to examine Scaffolding.
Before getting to the checklist part of scaffold inspection, workers should be aware of its responsibilities. It includes the system of tagging to identify both safe and unsafe equipment. Workers must be well aware to avoid any unsafe conditions. They follow these simple tips:
Materials and Planking:
Materials and planking used in the construction of Scaffolding should use stress-grade lumber such as Aluminum.
Guardrails and Toeboards:
Scaffolds between 4 feet and 10 feet high with a horizontal dimension of lower than 45 inches must also have guardrails on open sides and ends.
How to Properly Examine the Scaffold:
The first step in scaffold examination is confirming that its construction attaches to the design and engineering requirements of the project. Through the inspection process, you should ensure that:
The scaffold is securely in place and stable:
- It is level and plumb.
- The scaffold is built within a safe distance from power lines.
- They support the weight of its load rating.
- All screw jacks of the scaffold are appropriately adjusted.
- The stairs and ladders of the scaffolds are secure and of acceptable distance and condition.
- All the openings and holes in the scaffolds are too small not to present opportunities for falls.
- There is an appropriate amount of guardrails and boards are in place.
- The base plates are placed on the level surface.
- The sills are in the correct size and properly installed.
- The bracing parts are securely attached.
- There is no visible defect in scaffolds.
- The decking and planks are of enough performance rating and grade.
Above listed inspections should be conducted by the trained person before the start of each new shift, after the incident that could affect its structural honesty, and at any time when the scaffold is erected, disassembled, moved, or altered in any way. Failure to do so could result in accidental injury or death.
Risks that Related to Scaffolds:
Each year 65% of construction workers perform their tasks on scaffolds; there is bound to be an accident at some points. In addition to falls, scaffolding accidents often involve structural instability, overloading, fall of objects, and electrocution. 15 to 20 percent of deaths on construction sites involve a scaffold. To make sure the safest possible worksite, your workers must be appropriately trained and scaffold safely.