All of the tools you use should be inspected regularly. For example, only proper and recently inspected planking and platforms should be used on all scaffolds. It's too easy to "let it go" until tomorrow. Replace damaged platforms, supporting hooks or planks the same as you would replace other worn out tools or parts.
With good attitude, proper maintenance, and safety procedures in place, your worksite will have fewer accidents.
Moving with Safety
Rolling scaffolds are useful tools on many construction projects. Like safeway scaffolds, rolling scaffolds must be designed and constructed properly. When using or building rolling scaffolds, you must follow legislation and take care that the job is done right.
Extra risks are involved with rolling scaffolds - you must be on your guard and prepared to put safety first. There is only one way to build a scaffold - that's the right way. Follow manufacturer's specifications for erecting scaffolds and consult an expert when required.
Whatever the Job
All construction workers depend on safe equipment. You also depend on your co-workers to get the job done with safety in mind.
Rolling scaffolds can be hazardous. Together, you and your co-workers should watch out for:
Scaffolds not anchored in place - lock them correctly to keep scaffolds from moving on their own
Nearby power lines - take care to maintain clearances - several fatalities have occurred by contact
Overhead hazards - take extra care to look up and avoid potential hazards
Double Check on Safety
Make sure the scaffold you use has been built properly - according to manufacturer's specifications. Check that:
All users of the scaffold have read and understand manufacturers operating manual/ decals
All wooden planks will support 10 times the load they are expected to
Each level is plumbed to make sure it's aligned with the others
The height is not more than three times the smallest base dimension
All other sections are fastened together by pins or bolts
All components are in good condition
All crossmembers are in place, each frame is braced to at least one other frame, and all braces fastened
Planks are commercially manufactured and used, stored, inspected , and maintained to manufacturer's specifications
All platforms and hooks are inspected first
All open ends are protected with guard rails, mid-rails, and toeboards
Locking devices are operable and anchor lines are secure
Ladders and railings provide safe access to all levels
Scaffolds should be inspected before use and daily by you, your supervisor, or another competent person. It must be rigid, stable, and built according to legislation. Scaffolds must be built to handle four times the load you plan to put on it.
Good housekeeping in the work area and on the scaffolding is essential to minimize hazards. Railings, ladders, and walkways should be free of litter, grease, and oil to prevent slips and other accidents.
Proper Planning Prevents...
You know that legislation is meant to prevent accidents. Pre-plan your work with safety in mind. Ask yourself some questions:
Are there overhead hazards?
Are workers trained in scaffold use?
Is the surface level and firm?
Is the scaffold secure?
Your careful planning and efficient work methods will get the job done quickly and safely.
Using the Scaffold
Keep safety in mind from the start to the finish:
Know what the maximum load is
Read the manufacturer's instructions about the scaffold, parts and accessories
Use each tool and accessory only for the job it is meant to do
Don't climb the cross braces
Never modify a scaffold or use makeshift devices to increase height - to get higher, use a scaffold made for that height
Get help to move a scaffold
When moving a rolling scaffold look at your route first - and watch for holes in the floor or other obstructions
Never move a rolling scaffold when workers are on the structure
Know the safety legislation that applies to scaffolds
Ensure the scaffold has been inspected and tagged accordingly
Whatever the tool you are using at home, use the same safe practices you use at work as your guide.
Rolling scaffolds may be less common for home use but the safety principles are the same to remember. For example, when changing a vehicle tire, brace your car properly to avoid having it slide or roll off the jack and onto you or a family member.
When working at heights around the home, watch out for overhead hazards, such as power lines. Teach your family members how to watch out for hazards.
Using tools at heights is dangerous. Keep children out of the area below and use guards to prevent tools from falling.
Whatever the job, let everyone know what safety rules to follow.