According to OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration), around 65% of construction workers work on scaffolds which account for some common types of construction site injuries.
Not only do these accidents affect employees and their family members, they equally cost a lot of cash in lost workdays. To best avoid these accidents, here are some safety tips that will surely help.
Always Keep the Workplace in Order
Although moving around a scaffold may be tricky; things can significantly get out of hand when there are work materials and tools lying around carelessly. Keep the workspace organized to avoid any slip and fall accidents on the scaffold.
Know the Load Capacity
Scaffolds are designed and built to hold a certain weight needed for a particular job. You must neither overload it with workers nor equipment than its designed load capacity. If you’re unsure about this, talk to trained personnel.
Look for any inherent hazard
Before anything else – before the scaffold is built or workers begin their daily routine, it’s vital to check and identify any potential risks to avoid scaffolding accidents.
Check its proximity to a power line or the ground’s level to be sure everything is in order. Do this regularly throughout the job because a new hazard may arise.