Even with many years of experience working on scaffolding, you know that one mistake can cause a serious accident. For example, if someone neglects to set up the scaffolding in the appropriate manner, it increases the risk of a collapse.
Here are five scaffolding safety tips to help protect you and your co-workers:
- Inspect it for damage: Before using scaffolding, inspect it for signs of damage or defects. For example, if there’s a missing bolt or rusted rail, don’t use the scaffolding until it’s repaired.
- Place scaffolding on firm and level ground: For example, it’s a mistake to use boxes or bricks to level the scaffolding, as these can shift and cause an accident.
- Use guardrails at all times: Even if it’s a pain, the use of guardrails reduces the risk of an accident.
- Don’t exceed the weight limit: Scaffolding can only hold so much weight. Take into consideration both the workers and equipment.
- Stay away from power lines: As a general rule of thumb, never place scaffolding within 10 feet of overhead power lines. Getting too close increases the risk of electrocution.
Even when you follow these scaffolding safety tips, there’s no guarantee that you’ll never be injured in an accident.
If an accident occurs, check yourself for injuries and seek immediate medical care if necessary. Also, report the incident and your injuries to your employer.
An understanding of your injuries and treatment plan will help you determine when you can return to work. If you’re unable to do so right away, file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits.