Scaffolding Guide

Safety

Incomplete scaffolds must display warning notices and and every precaution must be taken to prevent unauthorised persons gaining access to the scaffold.

Scaffolds in public places must be well list or have warning lights fitted to their base.

A working platform must have a means of access which is safe and does not present any risk. In most cases a ladder is used. Ladders must be securely fastened to the scaffold and be long enough to extend above the height of the working platform, normally one meter of five rungs. This will provide a safe handover when getting onto the landing area of the platform. Landing areas must have guard-rails and toe-boards and must be kept clear at all times.

First and foremost the primary purpose of a scaffold is to provide support for a temporary working platform. As required by law, all places of work must be safe and not expose any risks to users, other trades people and members of the public.

Ties are vital to the safety of a scaffold framework and must be checked on a regular basis. A final check of the ties is also required before dismantling.

Kicker lifts can be possible trip hazards so due care needs to be taken. Signs that confirm to the Health and Safety regulations or a guard-rail placed at an appropriate height are measures that could be implemented to prevent persons from tripping.

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