While our scaffolding erectors design and build extremely safe structures, using only the best quality scaffolding supplies on the market, it’s still vitally important than Southampton workers using our access solutions take care when doing so. Working at height is inherently dangerous, despite the safeguards that reputable scaffolding companies like our own implement within their designs.
So on this page, our scaffolders have run through some of the dos and don’ts of scaffolding safety. Experienced users might not find much new in the below, but it’s ideal for new users or as a refresher for those who haven’t stepped foot on scaffolding for a number of months or years.
DO KEEP THE SCAFFOLD CLEAN & TIDY
One of the leading causes of accidents on scaffolding around Southampton and the wider UK is objects falling from height and hitting those on levels below. This is usually a tool or material that’s been left in an inopportune area. Keep the scaffold and the site on which it stands clean and tidy, and be sure to pick-up or move anything that could be knocked off. Scaffolding companies like our own always place a huge emphasis on this aspect of health and safety, to ensure employed scaffolders aren’t put at risk of an accident.
DON’T NEGLECT SAFETY EQUIPMENT
Even if you live by the above advice, it’s worth keeping your hard hat on when working on or below scaffolding. There’s a reason why highly experienced scaffolding erectors and construction workers won’t take them off until they’re clear of a site – they save lives! Other safety equipment like gloves, steel-capped boots and high-vis jackets should also not be neglected. Suffering an injury to hand or foot is all the more risky at height, as you’re that much further away from getting medical attention from a first-aid trained co-worker, and an injury could cause you to lose your balance. Southampton scaffolding companies also require high-vis jackets as it ensures co-workers and passers-by can see you in low light conditions (working on scaffolding in low light conditions is not recommended, however).
DO TAKE YOUR TIME WHILE WORKING
Rushing a job involving tools and heavy materials is always risky, but doing so at height is all the more so as the stakes are higher. Work carefully, methodically and efficiently even if a deadline is looming. When you’re rushing, you’re so much more likely to make a judgement error that could lead to serious injury or even a fatality. This advice is impressed on scaffolding erectors, and anyone else learning how to work safely at height, from the very start of a course. Do rest assured, however, that if you choose Scaffold Access Services as your go-to amongst Southampton scaffolding companies, this commitment to safe and methodical construction won’t delay your project. We hit deadlines because we have a huge amount of experience implementing scaffolding supplies safely and efficiently.
DON’T OVERLOAD THE SCAFFOLD
Once we’ve erected a structure for a Southampton client, our scaffolders will make it 100% clear exactly what the maximum load it can take is. By no means should you exceed this limit. To do so could be extremely dangerous and lead to the scaffolding becoming structurally unsound or even collapsing. Keep in mind the scaffolding supplies our scaffolders use are extremely durable and hard-wearing, and can take heavy weights – plus our designs are precisely tailored to a client’s requirements.