Most of the time, scaffolding is erected in a public area, which means that dangerous elements of construction are suddenly thrown into the public space, instead of being cordoned off on a building site.
As long as a piece of scaffolding has been correctly constructed by trained personnel, it shouldn’t present a danger to those nearby. It’s the construction and deconstruction which can present the higher risk scenarios, but there are ways you can ensure the risks are diminished.
- Start early – Certain hours or days are going to be better than others for putting up and taking down scaffolding. It’s better to postpone than to try and work around busy pavements.
- Close off the pavement – Obtain permission to close the area you’re working on until you have the scaffold in place or it’s been fully removed, to help prevent accidents.
- Prepare access – Divert members of the public where necessary with signs and barriers, and ensure you accommodate wheelchair access.
- Avoid dangerous manoeuvres – It sounds obvious but workers may be tempted to “chance it” by lowering or raising materials over members of the public or other workers.
- Incorporate safety features before work commences – Crash decks and tunnels will help avoid falls from a height and falling objects and should be in place before making a start on any work.
Construction Insurance from the experts at Finch Group
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