The Do's and Don'ts for Scaffolding NH Safetyby Larry Chetan Business
In an expert view, most accidents that happen on scaffolding can be avoided. Workers who get too comfy with the scaffolding systems are the same ones who get upset when they get injured. There is always the need for proper training, and constant awareness are vital to ensure scaffold safety.
There are various risks associated with scaffolding NH systems that you need to avoid. They include falling debris or tools, the collapse of scaffolds, falling off from the scaffolding, electrocution from overhead power lines, and overloading. Let us look at the do's and don'ts in various cases.
Do’s – Before you start using your scaffolding system, ensure that a qualified structural engineer conducts a thorough inspection of the system. The inspection gives you peace of mind knowing that proper checks have been made. Ensure that there is a regular tightening of nuts and bolts.
Don't – never assume that the scaffold foundation is safe all the time you use it. In some cases, scaffolds can collapse because of heavy workloads.
Overhead Power Lines
Do’s – You must adhere to the set guidelines and regulations concerning power lines. Electrocutions are real and can occur in an instant if proper guidelines are not followed. You must have a supervisor who should monitor and ensure scaffolding are not re-positioned within the minimum clearance of active power lines. The supervisor should always be on the lookout for the clearance to ensure it remains safe.
Don't – before you seek guidance from the relevant authorities, never move the scaffolding. Never overlook the safety rules that govern such types of work. When you feel uncomfortable with the scaffolding system, or any matter related to safety, ensure to raise the case with your immediate supervisor. Never climb the scaffolding structure when you feel it is in anyway risky.
Do’s – you need to determine the scaffold load capacity and always respect it. Every scaffold system is designed to handle a particular maximum weight. When you chose a specific mode of scaffolding, ensure that it is strong enough to bear maximum weight. This can be the most probable avoidable reason for scaffold failures.
Don’t – Never overload a scaffold above its maximum limit. Do not place any additional weights on the scaffolds as by doing so, you will be adding to the loaded requisite. Very often, the difference between accidents and safety can be few extra kilos which you might have avoided adding.
Do’s – while working on a scaffolding system, ensure that you put on a full fall arrest gear. This includes a shock-absorbing lanyard that must be joined to anchors to help protect you from slips and falls. The safety gears are vital and are involved with the scaffold system for a reason. Make use of them.
Don’t – Do not assume that climbing the scaffolding on a one storey building won't require harnessing and protective gear. Never work on a scaffolding NH system without the right fall protection.
Follow these guidelines and adhere to strict construction rules all the time. This will help you remain safe at all times.
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