How to Control the Risk When Using Scaffolding

Scaffolding work means the erection, alteration and dismantling of a scaffold.
Some examples of the hazards associated with work involving the erection, use, maintenance, alteration and dismantling of scaffolds include:
· scaffolding collapse (before, during and after placement of the scaffold)
· manual tasks.
· work near overhead electric lines
· mobile plant and other workplace traffic
· mixing components from different scaffold systems (for example, do not mix aluminum tubing with steel tubing)
· falls from heights
· falling objects
So how to control the risks, world scaffolding provide some suggestion.
Using mechanical aids such as cranes, hoists, pallet jacks or trolleys to move equipment and materials wherever possible instead of manual lifting.
Using concrete barriers to separate pedestrians and powered mobile plant to reduce the risk of collision.
Providing a catch platform to prevent falling objects hitting workers or other persons below the work area.
If risk remains it must be minimized by implementing administrative controls, so far as is reasonably practicable. For example store scaffolding components as close as practical to the work area in order to minimize the distance over which loads are manually moved. Clear access ways should also be ensured so that materials and equipment can be easily accessed.
Any remaining risk must be minimized with suitable personal protective equipment, such as providing workers with hard hats, hearing protectors and high visibility vests.


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