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What Is Scaffolding Safety?

Oct. 09, 2020

Scaffold TagoutThree things to remember to ensure scaffold safety: 1) Scaffolds must be constructed under the supervision of qualified personnel;2) Workers must be trained by qualified personnel before using scaffolding;3) Scaffolds and their components shall be inspected by qualified personnel and properly marked prior to the start of the shift to ensure their integrity and safety.

Valve Lockout Supplier introduces the basic principles of scaffold safety and the use of scaffold tags to help you achieve safety in your workplace.


Qualified persons


According to OSHA, a qualified person is "capable of identifying existing and predictable hazards in the surrounding environment or work environment that are unhygienic, pose a risk to employees, and have the authority to take prompt corrective action to eliminate those hazards." Usually a person with a high-risk work permit for scaffolding.

A qualified person is "someone who has successfully demonstrated the ability to solve or solve problems related to a topic, job, or project. The qualified person has the appropriate background, such as education or degree in designing safety scaffolds. For example, the person may be a scaffolding manufacturer or a trained scaffold engineer.

The BUREAU of Labor Statistics cites 72% of scaffold injuries as a result of scaffold planks or supports collapsing, slipping, or falling objects. These hazards can be controlled by periodic inspection by qualified personnel, adequate scaffolding safety training by qualified personnel, and compliance with local regulatory standards.


Safety precautions for basic scaffolding


Here are some simple guidelines you can follow when operating scaffolds to control hazards:


What to do:


1. Use a checklist or mobile check application to check scaffolding before the shift and ensure it is safe and working normally.

Provide appropriate training.

3. Please have a toolbox discussion before you start your work.

4. Wear appropriate PPE.

5. Always check the label.

6. Understand the weight of scaffolding.

7. Place a handle over the scaffold platform.

8. After each movement, level the bracket. Adjust the extension length of the supporting screw not to exceed 12 inches.

9. Use safety belts and safety ropes when operating on scaffolds 10 feet or more above the ground. Connect the rope to the fixing part of the bracket.

10. Use ladders safely when climbing cross supports to approach scaffolds.

11. Put your feet on the floor.

12. Stay away from scaffolding during loading or unloading.

13. Make sure the planks overlap or do not move.

14. When scaffolding is erected, operate under the direct supervision of qualified personnel and in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions.

15. Please always pay attention to colleagues working above and below you and other colleagues working on scaffolding.

16. Gourd or hand use splinters or lower things.

17. Before using scaffolding, use wheel blocks to block the wheels running scaffolding and lock the wheels by stepping on the caster lock.

Always use nets to catch anything that falls.


Don't:


1. At the end of your shift, please place anything on the scaffolding.

2. Heavy-duty scaffolding.

3. Use unstable objects (such as buckets, boxes, loose bricks, or concrete blocks) to support scaffolding and increase working height or plank.

4. Work on platforms or scaffolding unless the platform is complete.

5. Use scaffolding unless there are a guardrail and all floors.

6. Stand on a tie, guardrail, or extension board.

7. Use scaffolding if scaffolding has been damaged in any form, has been tampered with, or is missing components, such as planks, guardrails, pedals, debris nets, or a protective canopy.

8. Walk on scaffolds covered with ice, snow, or mud.

9. Avoid scaffolding in inclement weather, such as heavy rain, sleet, snow, ice or strong winds.

10. Climb the scaffold where you are not planning to climb.

11. Do not climb with any materials or tools in your hands. Hang them separately from the scaffolding.

12. Jump from scaffolding, into the middle or between.

Lean over or over a guardrail.

14. Shake the scaffolding.

15. Throw anything "out" unless the finder is available.

16. If someone moves the bracket on it.


Scaffold Tagout criteria


Scaffold Tags are used to protect workers' lives. It can determine whether a scaffold is safe or unsafe for use. When marking scaffolding, follow these guidelines.

1. Scaffold inspection and marking shall be performed by qualified personnel experienced in scaffold erection.

2. For tracking purposes, a unique bracket identification label number must be clearly identified on all labels.

3. After installation, all scaffolds shall be inspected in accordance with regulations.

4. All scaffold identification tags must be solid green, yellow or red with black letters.

5. Display and complete the front information of each label.

6. The following color schemes are usually used: green, yellow, red

Green - the label will be suspended from a scaffold that has been inspected and is safe to use. The green "Use Safety" label should be attached to the bracket at each access point after the initial inspection.

Yellow - As long as the Scaffold has been modified to meet the job requirements, the "CAUTION" tag will replace all the green "Safe" Scaffold tags and therefore may cause hazards to the user. This label represents a special requirement for safe use.

Note: Using the "yellow label" status is not intended to override the green label system. Every effort should be made to return the scaffold to the "green label" status as soon as possible.

The red -- "Dangerous -- Unsafe to Use" label will be used during overhead or unattended overhead or removal, and all green "Safe Use" or yellow "Caution/Danger" labels will be replaced. ) if the scaffold is deemed unfit for use.


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