Safety Tips

Frame Scaffold Awareness

Scaffold Safety

Simple scaffolds can be constructed by most workers in construction. Following legislation and safety training will reduce the chances of accidents at your work site. If in doubt about how any part of the scaffolding works, ask an expert! you, your supervisor, and co-workers are all on the same safety team.

One Way, the Right Way

The proper design and construction of scaffolds is essential. If you are building or using scaffolds, you must follow manufacturer's specifications and take care that the job is done right. Your life and the lives of others are on the line.

There is only one way to build a scaffold - that's the right way. Consult a competent scaffolder when required and follow manufacturer's specifications for erecting scaffolds.

Save Work, Work Safe

Scaffolding is a very useful tool. It can be a tremendous work saver.

Properly erected scaffolding can also reduce many on the job safety hazards. But take care that your scaffolding is well built, inspected regularly and tagged. Otherwise, safety hazards will result.

You and your co-workers need to follow proper safety procedures when working on or near scaffolds.

Keep an eye out for hazards. Make safety part of your work plan by:

Designing the scaffold in such a manner that prevents slips, trips, and falls
Stabilizing and securing the scaffold
Having workers secure tools and materials properly to avoid dropping them onto workers below
Using a fall protection plan in setup

Planning and Building

Before erecting your scaffold, make sure you have planned with safety in mind. Check that the:

Ground is level for the scaffold
Ground can support the weight of the scaffold and its load with a good margin of safety
Scaffold will be clear of overhead electrical lines , obstacles, or equipment

Always erect the scaffold according to recommended safe work practice and manufacturer's specifications. Make sure:

It is built on good quality sills with base plates in place
Adjusting screws are used to level the structure. Never extend them more than 305 mm (12")
All materials used are in good condition and cleated or secured to prevent movement. Check platforms to ensure hooks and attachments are not damaged
Read and understand the manufacturers operating manual/decals for the equipment you are using
Know your safety rules and regulations

Inspections

Scaffolds should be inspected daily, when in use, by you, your supervisor, or professionals. They must be rigid, stable, and built according to legislation. Scaffolds must be constructed to handle four times the load you plan to place on it.

Toe boards should be installed to prevent objects and workers from falling. Railings, ladders and walkways should be free of litter, grease, oil, and mud to prevent slips and other accidents.

Using the Scaffold

Keep safety in mind from start to finish. Check that the scaffold is securely anchored. Know what the maximum load is for the scaffold before you start work.

Don't work on scaffolds without proper ladders and railings that provide safe access to all levels. Remember to:

Climb, walk, and work with care
Make sure your hands and boots are clean
Use ladders or stair units, not the cross braces or end frames, to climb the scaffold
Use accessories as they were intended
Keep within the rated load limits
Climb first and then use a line or hoist to bring tools and materials up
Never modify a scaffold or use makeshift devices to increase height
Get help to move a scaffold and then carefully inspect it again

Learning the Safe Way

Climbing, leaning, and reaching are pretty common activities around the home. You and your family have lots of jobs around the home. Take the time to follow safety rules when you do them.

Whether you're painting or cleaning out the eavestroughs, don't overreach your limits. Use the right tool for the right job. If a ladder is sufficient - then use it. But don't get yourself into trouble by using the ladder and then leaning or stretching too far. For some jobs, scaffolding is the safest way to get the job done.

Obtain frame scaffolding and save yourself time and effort. You'll be working the safe way. Your family can be taught the safety rules you know about. With your guidance and working knowledge they will learn how to get each job done safely.

Teach your children that scaffolds are not playground toys. Children think that scaffolds are fun because they are similar to playground Jungle Gyms and other setups. Warn your children to stay clear of scaffolds and all construction areas.

Be safe when doing all of the chores around the home. Work with your children to make sure jobs are done right - no matter what you're doing. Let them know that in your family - safety comes first.

For more information, refer to current applicable Occupational Health & Safety Legislation.