Safety, June 22, 2010

Eliminate guesswork. Ensure that a qualified person supervises putting it up and taking it down

Some safety tips for erecting scaffolding include:

  • Eliminate guesswork. Ensure that a qualified person supervises putting it up and taking it down.
  • Use sufficient structure for the load. Scaffolding must be able to support its own weight and at least four times the maximum intended load.
  • Ensure adequate footing. Erect scaffolds on rigid, solid footings. Don't use unstable objects to support scaffold frames or planks.
  • Protect sides and ends. On any scaffold platform taller than 10 ft, install guardrails and toe boards on open sides and ends.
  • Use other accessories, as necessary. Examples include base plates and mud sills.
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