Scaffold work is classified as dangerous and hazardous work according to Safe Work Australia. This is why it is important to have the right skills and capabilities to work with them safely.
With this in mind, below are some helpful tips to consider when working with scaffold.
- Be aware of your surroundings – inspect the area, check for dangers such as electrical wires, sharp edges and pot holes.
- Follow the instructions – it is important that you follow the directions closely to avoid an unsafe scaffold.
- Use all components – you must use all of the components as per instructions such as toeboards, ladders and braces even if you don’t think they are necessary.
- Double check – checking connections is crucial to the safety of the scaffold. Ensuring each brace is firmly locked in place, outriggers are secured and clamps tight.
- Each deck should have a midrail and toeboard to minimise any openings. This will prevent anything including tools or materials falling and hitting anyone below.
- Lock Wheels – ensure the wheels on a mobile scaffold are locked whenever it is being utilised. A mobile scaffold should NEVER be moved with someone on it.
- You should never lean over or work outside of the handrails on a scaffold.
These are just some basic tips to help reduce the chance of accidents or errors occurring.
However, it is important to enlist a professional to get the more complex jobs done. Please contact us if we can be of assistance.