Scaffolds Consistently Top OSHA’s Most Cited List
Scaffolding continues to be one of the top 10 most frequently cited standards of worksites by OSHA. Scaffolds are defined as “any temporary elevated work platform and its supporting structure used for supporting workers, materials, or equipment.” Knowing and following the rules and regulations when working on a scaffold can save your life.
The following tips will certainly help before you construct and get on a scaffold. Make sure you are properly trained in the design and operation of scaffolding. Before each work shift and after any occurrence that could affect the structural integrity of your scaffold, make sure a competent person has inspected it for defects. OSHA defines a competent person as “one who is capable of identifying existing and predictable hazards in the surroundings or working conditions, which are unsanitary, hazardous to employees, and who has authorization to take prompt corrective measures to eliminate them.”
Follow all the proper procedures for scaffold preparation. Know and respect the load capacity. Always make sure your scaffold is properly secured. Use guardrails (top, mid and bottom rails). Wear fall protection AT ALL TIMES. There isn’t much room on a scaffold so always keep the platform free of obstructions. Secure tools and equipment so they don’t fall below and injure another person. Scaffolds and platforms must be perfectly level to minimize the risk of workers falling off.
Of utmost importance, use all the appropriate PPE. This includes head protection, non-slip protective footwear and fall protection equipment. “Think Safety” certainly applies when doing any type of scaffolding work.
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