Using scaffolding on any construction site is not as simple as it may sound on paper. Erecting and safely using the system requires a great deal of care, patience, and diligence on the part of everyone involved.
If you are a site manager or a construction business owner who is wrestling with the prospect of acquiring and using scaffoldings system for your workers, it’s only natural that you would want to be equipped with the best information possible. In order to ensure you do your due diligence and don’t run into any liability issues, let’s educate you on some important facts about using a scaffolding system on any work site.
1. Making sure all rules and procedures are followed
The only time scaffolding is safe to use is when it has been erected correctly and has been inspected for any potential flaws. After that, workers who are going to use the platform need to be briefed on how to safely use it, including details about how much weight it can carry and how many tools you can bring up with you.
This normally involves the solicitation of a scaffolding safety expert who’s job it is to come to the site, inspect and supervise erection of the platform and then give it an audit to ensure it is safe to use. They will give an authoritative tick of approval that the platform is, in their professional opinion, safe for the prescribed number of workers to use for the job that’s been outlined.
Even if the platform is erected perfectly and has no flaws, it still may not be appropriate for the job at hand. It will be up to the scaffolding safety inspector to determine whether or not all necessary pieces are in place to ensure work can safely begin.
This mean that the liability will be transferred to the inspector as it will be their responsibility to determine the safety of the platforming system. If you hire them and they give the OK to a platform that collapses, it will be their fault for not doing their job properly.
In this way, hiring a scaffolding safety inspector is one of the smartest things you can do when you are planning to use this kind of platforming on your worksite. It will protect you from liability, and most importantly gives you workers the best reassurance that they can use the platform safety to do what they need to do.
2. Making sure you hire/buy from the right supplier
All of the safety measures that you can do on your end won’t count for much if the scaffolding you hired/purchased is of a low-quality make. There are many dodgy providers out there who offer sub-standard products are not recommend if you want to maximise the safety of your workers.
Therefore, you need to make sure you do a lot of research into different providers and the quality of the products they supply. Use a search engine to visit the websites of at least 3 or 4 providers and compare their services, paying close attention to certifications about the quality of components and testimonials from satisfied customers.
3. Consider flexible options
Not all scaffolding is the same and there are examples of more contemporary platforming systems that are far more flexible and versatile than the traditional type. These products are more expensive but have far more utility for different kinds of jobs and could make ensuring that it is safe for use on different types of worksite will be a much quicker process.
Hopefully the above has taught you some important scaffolding safety tips.