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Scaffolding Safety Tips

Safety Tips

At Tauranga Scaffolding, we provide safe scaffolding for just about any application, whether for small and simple residential projects or large and complex commercial projects.

Although our scaffolding is safe and structurally sound, it is important for those using our scaffolding to know and apply some basic scaffolding safety protocols. Here are some tips to ensure that you and your team remain safe while working on or around scaffolding.

Wear PPE

No construction site will ever be safe if workers are not wearing the correct personal protective equipment (PPE). PPE includes hard hats to protect one’s head from falling objects, safety gloves and safety boots to prevent slippage, reflector vests to ensure visibility, and when working at height, safety harnesses are also essential. 

Without this basic PPE in place, accidents are not only more prone to happen but are more prone to be serious in nature. PPE can significantly reduce the rate of serious injury. 

Know The Limits

Every scaffolding structure has a load limit. When we install scaffolding on construction sites, the load limit is always specified. If a higher-than-normal load limit is required, then this should be communicated to us so we can account for it in the scaffolding design. 

If the load limit of scaffolding is breached, then there is a very real risk that the scaffolding could collapse. The collapse of scaffolding could not only cause severe injury to those on the scaffolding and those nearby, but it could also cause significant damage to property and equipment. 

Steer Clear

Every construction site will inevitably have a range of vehicles and other heavy equipment on site. Despite every effort to build a safe and secure scaffolding, a carelessly operated vehicle or piece of heavy equipment could cause catastrophic structural damage to the scaffolding and cause a collapse. 

Therefore, it is extremely important to erect barriers around the scaffolding base to ensure that no vehicles or heavy construction equipment of any kind can collide with the scaffolding. 

Keep It Cleared

At the end of the workday, it is crucial that workers do not leave tools, materials or other equipment lying around on the scaffolding platforms or hanging off the railings. Not only could these items become damaged when left exposed to the elements, but they could fall and cause injury to people below or property damage. 

Leaving tools and equipment lying around on a construction site, whether on the ground or at height on scaffolding, is bad practice all around and should never be tolerated. 

For good quality and safe scaffolding installations of various kinds, contact Tauranga Scaffolding today!