Scaffolding Safety is number 3 on OSHA’S Top Ten Violations List. Here are a few tips to consider when erecting that all in important scaffolding for the job,
- All employees working on or around scaffolds will be trained in safe work procedures and hazards of working on and around scaffolds.
- Guardrails between 39” and 45”, midrails and toeboards must be provided on all open sides and end of each scaffold that are 10 or more feet above the floor.
- Scaffolds using cross ties as guarding must be equipped with either a top rail or a midrail in addition to the cross ties.
- Only components from the same manufacturer matching the scaffold are to be used. These are to be inspected prior to use and approved by a Competent Person. Any scaffold including accessories such as braces, bracket trusses, screw legs, ladders damaged or weakened from any cause shall be immediately repaired or replaced.
- All scaffolds and supports will be capable of supporting the load they are designed to carry with a safety factor of at least 4.
- Scaffold platforms are not to be cluttered with tools, material or other loose objects.
- Materials being hoisted onto a scaffold must have a tag line.
- All scaffolds must be erected on suitable bases, accurately, spaced and maintained plumb.
- SCAFFOLDS MUST BE PLACED SO THAT NO MATERIALS OR WORKER COULD FALL BETWEEN THE STRUCTURE AND SCAFFOLD TO THE GROUND BELOW.