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Scaffolding Safety Guidelines

Posted by Shivi Kakar

May 12, 2015 11:00:00 AM

contruction_fallEven though the nature of construction itself can be dangerous, prevention is the key to keeping all workers safe. The difference between life and death in tenuous situations typically comes down to the competency of all individuals involved in the construction process.

Competently trained workers possess a significant understanding of the equipment so that they may recognize the hazards and correct any unsafe conditions before irreparable harm is done. Do not go another day without the training that can keep a construction site safe.


Below are general scaffolding safety guidelines in construction:

  • Post the scaffolding safety guidelines and be sure that all people who construct, disassemble or use scaffolding are aware of them.
  • Follow all state, local and federal codes, ordinances and regulations relative to scaffolding.

  • Make sure all scaffolding is assembled, adjusted as necessary, and disassembled by experienced and competent personnel.

  • If unsure about the safety or use of the scaffold, consult the scaffold manufacturer.  Do not take any chances and assume unnecessary risk

  • Survey the job site, a survey shall be made of the job site for hazards, such as soft surface areas, ditches, debris, high tension wires, unguarded openings, and other hazardous conditions created by other trades on the site.

  • Inspect all equipment before using.  Never use any equipment that is damaged or compromised in any way.  If damaged equipment is noted immediately label remove it from the job site.

  • Scaffolds must be erected in accordance with design and/or manufacturers' recommendations.

  • Do not erect, dismantle or alter a scaffold unless under the supervision of a qualified person.
  • Do not misuse the scaffold equipment and never use equipment for purposes or in ways for which it was not originally intended.

  • Erected scaffolds should be continually inspected by users to be sure that they are maintained in safe condition. report any unsafe condition to the supervisor

  • Place barriers and warning notices around the scaffold to stop people from using incomplete scaffolds (ex, anyplace where working platforms are not fully boarded, etc.)

  • Make sure the scaffolding is strong enough and rated to carry the anticipated weight of the materials and workers.

  • Do not work on scaffolds if you are not feeling up to it.  If you are sick or your physical condition is such that you feel dizzy protect yourself and talk to your supervisor. 

 Interested in more safety tips? In our efforts to take part in OSHA's National Safety Standown, we have put together an ABSOLUTELY FREE Preventing Falls in Construction E-Book that includes tons of safety checklists, guidelines and information that is very helpful.


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