Hiring and using scaffoldings is a necessary factor in a large number of construction industries. They enable technicians and laborers to safely ascend to and work at significant heights while also protecting those below from things falling off or from a high place.
There are obvious dangers to using scaffoldings that need to be addressed in a number of ways in order to ensure due diligence is satisfied. Failing to adhere to the rules means the creation of hazards that can cause disastrous and potentially fatal accidents when the scaffolding collapses or a worker plummets to their doom.
The following will look at how you can hire and safely operate scaffoldings on any construction site.
When you need to hire scaffoldings, it’s a good idea to look around to ensure you only spend your time and money with a high-quality provider. Some providers may seem fine on the surface, but a brief look at their history and reputation in the industry will let you know that you should probably take your money elsewhere.
Scaffoldings are a competitive industry because almost every construction site uses them in one form or another and there needs to be professional oversight at all stages of installation and use. This means it is normally cheaper for a construction firm to hire a 3rd party company for their products and only pay for what they need rather than try to maintain inhouse inventory and staff.
3rd party providers can be great when you find the right one as they will come to your site, install the system for your workers, make sure it’s safe and let you do what you do best. They will also pack it away and perform inspections on it so they can ensure it is all in working order and no lives are at risk.
You also need to ensure that all of your team is trained and briefed on the proper use of scaffoldings before anyone start to climb onto them. This means daily reminders about safety tips and what they SHOULD NOT be doing while up high on the system.
It only takes one thoughtless person to drop their hammer from a set of scaffoldings and kill someone below who might have not been wearing a hard hat. Mutually contributory negligence is the biggest killer on modern worksites, and you can’t afford to turn a blind eye to how your workers are using (or misusing) the temporary platforming you have hired.
Because of how widespread the use of scaffoldings is, there is an entire specialised profession in the construction industry for safety inspectors. It is their job to be attached to a project that is utilising scaffolding and to inspect it on a routine basis, remind workers of safety protocols and report any issues to the necessary people. They will be responsible for giving the final ‘OK’ before your workers start climbing onto the scaffoldings and using them.
It is clear to see that there is a lot to know when it comes to the safe and effective use of scaffoldings no matter what type of construction site you are on. Hopefully the above information will give you an idea of how to keep yourself and your workers safe.