As you make your way down a major street in New York City, you will almost never escape passing by or seeing a scaffolding, or what the city calls “sidewalk sheds.” Call it an eyesore, an inconvenience or way to stay dry during a downpour, scaffolding is a part of NYC streetscape. They may be a common sight in NYC, but they are also hotbeds of danger for workers who must perform their jobs from heights and passersby who risk walking underneath the scaffolding.
Although scaffolds post real hazards to both workers and the public alike, there are effective ways of controlling the risks.
Below are five important scaffolding tips that may prevent serious injuries and fatalities.
- Preparation and Inspection Before a Project. Before starting any job, it is important to ensure the scaffolding and equipment is in safe condition and working order. It is also important to ensure the location of where the scaffolding is to be utilized does not pose any dangers, such as overhead lines or obstructions. All guardrails, planks and decks must be checked to ensure they are properly installed.
- Provide Adequate Worker Training. All workers using scaffolding should be properly trained on the scaffolding design and operation. Adequate training can go a long way in avoiding accidents. Some important training issues include:
– Workers having an understanding of how to safely get on and off scaffolding
– Avoiding hazards like falls
– Being able to properly work within load-bearing capacity
– Being able to correctly assemble and disassemble structures
- Properly Secured Scaffolding. Even a properly erected scaffolding can be dangerous if it is not adequately secured – even one end or component becoming dislodged can be enough to compromise the integrity of the framework. Securing scaffolding greatly varies depending on the system that is used. Thus, workers must know how to properly secure scaffolding using locking systems, brace retention and mechanism, and other fail-safe methods.
- Install Guardrails and Check Platforms. Guardrails must be installed and adequately secured on all scaffolding. OSHA requires that guardrails and personal fall arrest systems be installed if work is to be done on platforms 10 feet or higher.
- Provide and Use PPE. It is important for all construction workers who plan to work on or around scaffolding to use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
These are only a five of many safety precautions that should be taken when working with scaffolding or with any type of equipment on a worksite.
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