What are the hazards of scaffolding?
The most common scaffolding hazard is falling from elevation. Workers on a scaffold must have the right fall protection gear such as a guardrail or fall arrest system when suspended 10 feet above the ground.
Unsecured planking is another hazard of scaffolding. It happens when the planks are not well-secured or are uncleated. It causes the worker to slip off and fall. Planks break when they are overloaded or in poor physical condition.
Sometimes, workers on a scaffolding are struck by debris or falling tools from a higher level. This is essentially the most important reason why it is required for workers to use a guardrail as it protects them from falling and prevents any material from falling off a scaffold and hitting people below.
Electrocution is a risk when working close to electrical lines. Workers on a scaffold must maintain a distance of 10 feet for voltage under 50kv and over 10’4 for voltage for every 1kv over 50 kV.