Scaffolding Safety: How to Reduce Scaffolding Accidents?
According to the statistic, 72% of workers injured in scaffolding accidents attributed the accident either to the planking or support giving way, or to the employee slipping or being struck by a falling object.
Scaffoldings are integral to the construction industry with approximately 65% of the workforce involved in work from scaffolding. When used properly, scaffolding can save significant time and money.
Though they are convenient and necessary, there are four major hazards associated with worker injuries that everyone needs to be aware for proper scaffold safety. Below we have listed the detailed measures to reduce scaffolding accidents.
#1 Required Fall Protection
Fall protection is required when work heights reach 10 feet or more.
#2 Proper Scaffolding Access
Provide proper access to the scaffolding and never allow employees to climb on cross braces for horizontal or vertical movement.
#3 Daily Inspection
The scaffolding competent person must be present when building, moving or dismantling the scaffold and must inspect it daily.
#4 Safety Signs Under Scaffolding System
Erect barricades to prevent individuals from walking under work platforms and place signs to warn those close by of the possible hazards.
#5 Enough Distance Away Other Hazards
Maintain a minimum of 10 feet between the scaffolding and any electrical hazard.
#6 Properly Trained Scaffolding Workers
Ensure all employees working on scaffolding have had proper training.