Fall hazards are the leading cause of deaths for construction workers on scaffolding in Birmingham. There are so many fatalities that are attributed to falls and it’s estimated that about 65% of workers work on scaffolds every year. Those are so many people who are exposed to hazards such as falls, electrocutions and falling objects each year.
The most important thing is to observe safety when working on scaffold systems. This means you should work on scaffolds that have been erected by a competent person and to ensure that it has been inspected before use. Workers should equip themselves with protective equipment and be properly trained on safe work practices.
When working on a scaffolding in Birmingham, there are a number of things you need to do.
Be properly trained
You must be properly trained before using a scaffold. The training should be done by a competent and qualified person. It involves identifying hazards like falling objects, electrocution and how you can deal with them. You should also learn how to handle materials. You should also be retrained just to learn of any other hazards maybe because of change of job site to be on the safe side.
Check to make sure a competent person has inspected the scaffold
Before getting on a scaffold you must check whether it has been fully inspected by a competent person to ensure its safe to use and in proper working condition. Scaffolding can only be moved, and erected when a competent person is present.
Always wear your hard hat when working on, under or around a scaffold
Wearing a hard hat will help you from injuring your head in case of any falling objects.
Be mindful of coworkers working above and below you at all times
If you see any misconduct regarding the use and working on scaffold, notify the supervisor.
· Don’t leave anything on the scaffold once your shift is over.
· Don’t overload the scaffold. Just work on the maximum intended load of the scaffold you are working on.
· Don’t use boxes or ladders to increase your height in order to get something, instead ask the supervisor to raise the scaffold platform.
· Don’t use the scaffold if you feel that it’s damaged in anyway.
· Don’t walk on scaffold planking covered with ice, it can be extremely slippery when wet.
· Don’t climb on any portion of the scaffold frame that is not meant for climbing.