Scaffolding is a versatile form of construction which can improve mobility in a number of situations. Like all procedures on the work site scaffolding is a safe way of working as long as due care is taken. The following article contains some important dos and don’ts for assembling scaffolding.Preparation
Before you start to assemble your scaffolding it is important to check that the site is suitable. Make sure that the ground you are working on is a level surface and check for patches of moisture which may cause slips. Make sure there are no conflicting obstacles in your path and that there are cavities close by to secure tie-ins.Assembly
- As you are assembling your scaffolding check all your components as you are going along for any damaged or misshapen parts.
- While you are assembling the framework don’t do it alone. One person should work building the framework while the other person passes all the materials required. The person on the scaffold should be secured in a safety harness at all times.
- As the framework develops add ladders to reach elevated sections. Ladders are useful to reach connecting platforms on the scaffold but they are not stable enough to rest on the top of the scaffold to add height. If the scaffold is going to be standing for extended periods of time it is recommended you add a stairway.
- Only use like components from the same manufacturers to construct your scaffold. If you are having any problems refer to the supplied documentation or instructions.
- Make sure to attach tie-ins regularly and make sure braces are firmly secure. Also make sure to check any locking components at each stage to make sure they are coping with the increased strain.
- When dismantling the platforms of your scaffold make sure to clear any tools and equipment first. Not only will this make a safer working area but it will also be much more time effective.
- Dismantle the platforms completely one at a time from the top of the frame to the bottom. As you are starting to dismantle a level make sure all fixtures are secure and firmly in place to reduce the risk of the frame collapsing.
- If any worn components are proving difficult to remove take care whilst unfastening them. If you apply to much pressure you may weaken the frame elsewhere and be creating a potential hazard.
- Even whilst dismantling the scaffold make sure to keep your safety harness on at all times. Excess force when removing components may cause you to lose balance.
- When the scaffold is disassembled check all the components that are going to be reused. This will save time when preparing for your next job and will save time and space when you are putting them back into storage.