Scaffolding Hire Risks: Health & Safety

How To Manage Scaffolding Risks Effectively

The following is a guideline to ensure that your employees are never exposed to unnecessary health and safety concerns, by means of effective and efficient monitoring and evaluation techniques.

  1. Identify all possible avenues of harm and potential hazards: Identify the area coverage of where the scaffolding structures will be erected and stipulate where there are concerns for pedestrians, vehicles and various other infrastructure around. Study the environment to ensure that the ground conditions is safe and conduct scaffolding inspection before and after use. Identify all the major structural concerns and functions of the scaffolding towers. Always review and record injury reports for further investigation.
  2. Assess the risk: In many practices in scaffolding service provision, the risks and control measures common on the job will be well known. However, in certain cases, it is necessary to conduct various risk assessments to identify the likelihood of injury or death due to a particular hazard. These processes will aid in your company in developing the correct action plan when the instance does arise.
  3. Take effective action to control the risk: Health and Safety laws require that businesses do all that is reasonably practicable to eliminate or aim to limit risks. However, if these risks cannot be avoided due to highly technical projects then it is suggested to substitute the hazard for something safer, isolate the hazard from people, use specific engineering methodology or controls, use administrative controls and finally to always use personal protective equipment (PPE).

Too often do scaffolding companies aim to cut corners in the hopes of achieving cost reductions. Therefore it is essential to ensure your scaffolding provider is fully certified and adheres to the various rules and regulations stipulated by the Health and Safety commission of South Africa.


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