When erected properly by competent individuals, scaffolding can provide a safer and more efficient working environment by employees or contractors working on a project, as well as those around.
But with news of fatalities caused by collapses and near misses with members of the public – it’s obvious that elements can and do go wrong.
Here are some of the risks that need to be considered when using scaffolding:
- Improper construction
Just one out-of-place bolt can compromise the structure of a scaffold tower. Scaffolding should be fit for the project, and erected by a competent person. This will vary depending on the project and may require a registered professional to meet more complex requirements.
- Lack of guardrails
Early this year, a scaffolder was killed in Kensington when he fell from a height. A guardrail can be the one thing preventing a small slip from turning into a tragedy.
- Unstable planks
Whether they’re fitted incorrectly or weakened, a defective surface can lead to instability or even a fall.
- No inspections
Of course, defective boards and insufficient guard-rail support can go amiss if no one is looking out for them. Reported problems should be addressed immediately.
- Inadequate training
All the scaffold safety precautions will mean little if workers are not aware of how to keep them and those around them safe. Training should cover working from a height and the prevention of falling objects, as well as encouraging workers to report any problems they encounter so they can continue to work in a safe environment.
For information about public liability for scaffolding contractors or appropriate insurance packages to cover all aspects of scaffold operations, contact the team at Finch Group. Find your nearest branch on our website finchgroup.net/contact/