When you’re working with scaffolding, it is vitally important for your scaffolding structure to be inspected regularly, not only for upkeeping the safety of your team but to also meet the Working at Height regulations.
Here at ASC Edinburgh Ltd, we believe that it is vitally important to keep our health and safety policy up to date. As a company, we collectively strive to demonstrate an outstanding commitment to the health, safety and welfare of our employees and anyone else who could be affected by our work.
From the moment we begin on your project, health and safety will be at the forefront of what we do. We’ll set an array of goals for our health and safety, with targets way beyond the minimum standard of which we are set to comply with within the current HSE legislation.
So, if you are in need of safe scaffolding in Stirling from an experienced supplier, be sure to get in touch with ASC Edinburgh Ltd, our team will be able to answer any of your questions and make sure you know exactly what scaffolding you need to get the job done properly.
What Are the Legal Requirements?
Scaffolding should always be inspected by a competent and appropriately trained individual and in order to meet legal requirements, scaffolding should be inspected at regular intervals.
When and by Whom Do Scaffolding Inspections Need to Be Carried Out?
To meet the legal requirements of Work at Height Regulations 2005, scaffolding should be inspected:
- After installation/ prior to being used
- At least weekly thereafter
- Following any circumstances which could jeopardise the safety of the installation, such as adverse weather conditions. So even if a scaffolding structure was inspected just the day before it should be inspected again for example, if there were very high winds overnight or reports of adverse weather in the region.
Bad practice when working at height can be completely irresponsible. It can cost lives. In response to this, the National Access and Scaffolding Confederation (NASC) set up a guide to working at height. Here at ASC Edinburgh Ltd, we maintain our membership with the NASC and ensure that our scaffolding health and safety stays within the NASC regulations.
Our Do’s and Don’ts of Scaffolding Safety:
- Make sure your team are fully trained before using our scaffolding. All training must be done by a qualified person and it must include the identification of electrocution, falling and potential falling objects and the procedures that should be carried out to deal with these hazards. The training should also include the proper use of scaffolding.
- Always wear a hard hat when working on, under or around scaffolding. Workers should also get a pair of good sturdy, non-skid work boots and consider using tool lanyards when working at height.
- Be mindful of co-workers working above and below you at all times, as well as others below the scaffolding structure. If you witness any improper use on or around a scaffold you should stop what you are doing and notify a supervisor.
- Leave anything on a scaffold at the end of your shift. This includes any building materials or tools that you may have been using on the scaffold while you were working. These items could potentially be blown off the scaffolding or cause tripping hazards for the next person using the scaffold.
- Overload the scaffold. Proper training includes being informed of the maximum intended load of the scaffold you are working on as well as its load-carrying capacities. In most instances, scaffolds should be capable of supporting at least four times their maximum intended load.
- Use boxes or ladders to increase your work height. If you can’t reach an area you should request that your supervisor has the scaffold platform raised.
- Use the scaffold if it appears to have been damaged in any way, has been tampered with or if there are any components missing such as planking, guardrails, toe boards, debris net or protective canopies. Notify a supervisor immediately to get the scaffold restored in proper working order and inspected by a competent person. Never tamper with or attempt to repair a scaffold unless you have received training in scaffold erection.
- Work on scaffold planking covered in ice, snow or mud. Worn wood planking can also be extremely slippery when wet. All snow, ice, mud and other debris such as wet leaves such be thoroughly removed before using the scaffold. You should also avoid using a scaffold during adverse weather such as heavy rain, sleet, ice snow or strong winds.
- Climb on any portion of the scaffold frame not intended for climbing. Always use a fixed ladder, internal access stairway or built-in ladder to access the working platform. Never climb with any materials or tools in your hand, they should be hoisted up on the scaffold separately.
Scaffolding Safety Stirling
If you’re looking for a professional scaffolding company, with scrupulous attention to health and safety to ensure that you have the safest scaffold you can, get in touch with ASC Edinburgh Ltd today. We’ll be more than happy to discuss each step of your project and ensure that we fulfil every requirement you have. We can also provide you with a full quote on the work needed.