At work, you don't play around. Proper set-up methods require your skill and attention. Using swingstages requires your best effort and your full attention to safety details. Your actions speak louder than words. Leading the way by demonstrating proper safety strategies is the best example to set.
The first time you use a swingstage is the time to do it right - 100% right. New hires have fewer accidents than experienced swingstage workers - you must keep your attitude and safety practices in a "first time" mode. Your on-going concern for using safe equipment and procedures is your best defense against injury or life-threatening situations.
Consult the Occupational Health and Safety Legislation.. Follow them and the manufacturer's specifications. The safest way is the right way.
All swingstage workers need training and updated safety information to be efficient and safe while on the job. Consult appropriate engineering services, a safety professional, or the SCSA if you need information. You, your supervisor, and co-workers all have a stake in knowing that safety procedures are current and the information is accurate.
Inspecting, rigging, and working on a swingstage is no easy challenge. Planning for safety is important. Check and make sure that:
Slips and falls while working on a swingstage are common. Faulty rigging or poorly built scaffolding are other frequent causes of accidents. Make sure your life-line will do what it's supposed to --- save your life! Check it and use it properly every time. Follow these precautions:
Rules around your home should be clear and consistent. When you're working with swingstages you know that one broken rule can end in disaster.
Teach your family why certain rules are needed at home and on the job. Explain how following the rules will avoid accidents or injury.
Your children may use ropes, swings, and other playground equipment that is often dangerous. Teach them not to overload the swing, the tire on the rope, or other setups. It might be one of them that gets hurt when the rope breaks or the swing chain snaps.
As with any tool, you need to take good care of swingstage equipment and accessories. Your life and others are on the line. Use according to technical specifications.
Regular inspection and maintenance of gear by competent staff or engineers will greatly reduce the chance of serious mishaps.
Your part in the safety plan is to keep your eyes open for hazards and faulty equipment.
Follow the safety rules by the book, use everyday caution and your life on the swingstage will be set for safety.
For more information, refer to current applicable Occupational Health and Safety Legislation.