What are the safety risks during scaffold erection?
There are some serious and life-threatening safety risks involved in scaffold erection. Even whilst following required rules, workers can experience falls, scaffolding tip-overs, or be struck by falling objects. Some risks associated with scaffold erection also occur due to platforms that have been overloaded beyond recommended capacity and poorly supported work platforms. These scaffolding accidents during erection and dismantling can be avoided or minimised by following required regulations such as using personal protective equipment, ensuring proper footing of scaffolds and use of scaffolding inspection tags at the various scaffold access points.
Safety risks during scaffold erection can be minimised with proper scaffold inspection and training. These issues can be identified during inspection and fixed to reduce the risk of falling from the structure and other dangers such as unsound or insufficient bracings and points of access to the building being incorrectly or inadequately secured to the scaffolding. Another necessary level of risk prevention is to have a qualified person available to provide inspections and supervise work. They can use scaffolding tags to mark faulty scaffolding as unsafe for use, and block them off until the issues have been fixed.