Fall injuries can cost your business a lot of money, and you generally do not want your employees to get hurt. Therefore, you want to make sure that employees use the appropriate safety precautions when using things like fall protection devices or scaffolding. If you are renting scaffolding for the work needs of a project, you want to establish some safety rules. The following safety tips will help prevent injury when renting scaffolding for your projects.
1. Correctly Set Up Scaffolding on a Solid Foundation to Prevent Accidents
When setting up scaffolding, it is important that it is set on solid foundations with the correct support. Using foreign materials like wood blocks or bricks to support legs of scaffolding can cause failure that leads to accidents. When setting up new scaffolding, you will want to use adjustable feet or dig holes to accommodate uneven terrain when needed.
2. Secure Scaffolding to Prevent Movements and the Risk of Collapsing
When you are erecting scaffolding, the structure becomes more unstable as you go higher. Therefore, you want to make sure that the scaffolding is appropriately braced to stop any unwanted movement. If there is an available structure, then you can attach the scaffolding to the structure to provide further stabilization and reduce the potential for accidents due to movement.
3. Assign a Trained Employee to Set Up and Move Scaffolding When Needed
It is important that there is someone that is trained when working with scaffolding. When erecting or moving new scaffolding, make sure that there is at least one trained or competent employee working with the equipment. You may also want to take the time to give other employees a brief safety briefing before working with or on scaffolding equipment.
4. Keep Scaffolding a Safe Distance From Power Lines and Other Utilities
When you are erecting a scaffolding, there may be utilities that you need to be aware of. Make sure that your scaffolding or bracing for it is not near any power or utility lines. In addition, you want to make sure that heavy scaffolding that will be supporting loads is not installed over things like gas lines or other types of buried pipes that can be damaged once the scaffolding has the load of workers and materials on it.
5. Prevent Overloading Scaffolding and Use Safety Netting and Fall Protection Systems
There are also safety systems that need to be put in place when using scaffolding. First, you want to pay attention to the load ratings of scaffolding and not overload it with materials. In addition, make sure that workers use appropriate fall safety harnesses and install safety netting to prevent materials from falling to the ground or on someone and causing injury.
These are some tips to help you establish general safety rules before you rent scaffolding to complete work on your projects. If you need scaffolding to get a job done, contact a scaffolding rental service to get the equipment you need to complete the job safely.