If safety measures were taken when they worked on scaffold, this incident can be avoided.
The OSHA outlines specific duties for employers, supervisors and workers in maintaining an accident-free job site. Below are five basic guidelines for scaffolding safety
1. Proper Training
It points that operators should be properly trained in the design and operation of scaffolding. The training should cover safety practices, comprehensive fall protection training, erection and dismantling procedures and other lifesaving processes.
2. Respect Load Capacity
Ensure that scaffolds are strong enough to withstand the load they are designed to avoid collapsing. Do not crowd on the scaffolds; do not overload equipment and materials.
3. Use Guardrails
If operating on over 10 feet platforms, guardrails must be provided on three sides of the scaffold that face away from the building. Guardrail must includes top rail, mid rail and footboards.
4. Inspection and maintenance
Scaffolding must be regularly checked by supervisors and professionals— an engineer or a person designated in writing by the engineer. If any part of the scaffold is damaged, it must be replaced immediately. Check frames, braces and other parts for bends, damages, rust, and signs of wear and tear. Motors, platforms and wire ropes must also be inspected for chemical corrosion.
5. Use suitable PPE
Personal protective equipment must be used at any time, especially work high above the ground. This should include head protection, skid-proof shoes and fall protection, such as safety harness secured fixed in a solid structure.
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