What are some safety precautions for scaffolding?

Industry I 2020-09-27, Number of views:43

What are some safety precautions for scaffolding?


Scaffolding is generally used in the real estate industry and engineering. The scaffolding test standards have the following items: EN 1004:2004, EN 74-1:2005, AS/NZS1576.2:2009, GB 15831-2006, ANSI/SSFI SC100-5/05, CAN/CSA-S269.2- M87:2003.



1. Ensure scaffold is erected in accordance with the manufacturers assembly instruction leaflet.

2. Ensure the scaffold is erected on a solid base. Use Soleboards where necessary.

3. When erecting and using, ensure the scaffold is level and in contact with the ground by adjusting the wheels/baseplates and the stabilizers/outriggers.

4. When erecting, brace the scaffold in accordance with the manufacturers assembly instruction leaflet.

5. Ensure that the stabilizers/outriggers are in a position to maintain a height to base ratio of 3:1 if used externally, or 3.5:1 if used internally.

6. Fit toe-boards and guardrails to all platforms over 2 m high.

7. Tie in or guy down scaffolds whenever possible and all scaffolds over 10 m in height.

8. Ensure the scaffold is secure when left unattended.

9. Before use ensure the scaffold is complete and that the wheels are locked.

10. Always climb scaffolds from the inside via ladders or stairways. Do not extend the height of the platform by the use of ladders. boxes or other devices.

11. Before moving the scaffold ensures that it is clear of obstructions, overhead, and at ground level and that no person or materials are upon it.

12. To move the scaffold only apply force by pushing at or near the base.

13. Do note that substances such as hydrochloric (muriatic) acid and potash are highly corrosive to aluminum and can seriously affect the strength of the equipment.

14. Beware of strong wind conditions, especially between buildings. Always tie-in the tower to a rigid structure in exposed conditions, e.g. When the wind force exceeds the Beaufort Scale.

15. Avoid subjecting the tower to horizontal forces. Horizontal forces must not exceed 20 Kg on free-standing towers. Take care when a drill is being used. Tie in if required.

16. Damaged or incorrect components shall not be used.

17. Stabilizers or outriggers and ballast shall always be fitted when specified.

18. Mobile Access Towers are not designed to lited or suspended.




It is not permitted to work or apply loads to more than one working platform at any one time.