Are For Safety
Scarcely a day passes that we don't read of or hear about
someone being injured or killed in a scaffold fall. Faulty
design and inadequate construction are sometimes involved
but, in most cases, scaffold accidents are caused by careless
maintenance and improper use. Help keep your scaffolds safe
by observing these simple procedures:
. Inspect scaffolds daily prior to use, particularly
guardrails, connectors, fastenings, footings, tie-ins, and
. Keep platform closely boarded. The space
between scaffold planks should not exceed a half inch.
. Keep platforms fenced and securely fastened.
Tube and frame scaffolds must be tied to the permanent structure
at intervals of 30 feet horizontally and 26 feet vertically.
. Don't stockpile materials on scaffolds;
remove all materials at the end of the day.
. Never overload scaffolds. Pile materials
being worked over ledger and bearer points to minimize platform
. Don't work on scaffolds during storms or
high winds, and clear platforms of all ice and snow before
using. Sand wet platforms to prevent slipping.
. Protect scaffolds. Don't bump or strike
against scaffolds with vehicles or materials. Control hoisted
material from the ground with taglines.
. Prior to moving portable scaffolds, make
sure platform planks are securely fastened or remove them.
. Keep platforms and the area around scaffolds
cleared of debris, unneeded equipment, material, and other
hazards that will cause you to trip or fall.