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Scaffolding safety is vital for construction workers. Thousands of construction workers are involved in scaffold-related accidents each year, and some incidents result in death. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), 52 people died due to falls from scaffolding in 2020. Work sites can significantly reduce these numbers by offering employees proper training. Here are six scaffolding safety tips to ensure workplace safety and productivity.

1. Perform Routine Scaffolding Inspections and Maintenance

Regular inspections and maintenance are vital preventive measures. Before workers use scaffolding, competent individuals must check all components. Scaffolding should be cleaned regularly, repaired promptly, professionally serviced and stored correctly.

Employers should also keep strict repair and maintenance records.

2. Create Load Capacity Specification Awareness

Workers must be aware of scaffolding load capacity limitations and factor these in to ensure maximum weight limits are not exceeded. Employees need to understand load risks and be able to calculate the combined weight of people, tools, materials and equipment at any given time to ensure safety.

3. Ensure Proper Scaffolding Assembly and Dismantling

Correct scaffolding assembly and dismantling are critical for safety. Workers must be competent in:

  • Site preparation
  • Base installation and stability
  • Frame assembly
  • Platform installation
  • Ensuring overall structure integrity

4. Implement a Fall Protection System

Establishing a robust fall protection system is necessary to improve workplace safety. Falls remain the top reason injuries occur when using scaffolding and the leading cause of death for construction workers.

The online OSHA Fall Protection Training Course gives employees the knowledge and skills to enhance workplace safety and fall control.

5. Establish Clear Communication Channels

Effective communication is vital in scaffolding safety. Miscommunication or lack of clarity about operating around and on scaffolding leads to accidents. Clear signage, visible warnings, posted emergency information and real-time maintenance alerts will make use of scaffolds safer.

6. Ensure All Employees Receive Scaffolding Safety Training

Scaffolding training is invaluable. Every worker navigating scaffolding or around it must understand the risks and how to mitigate them. Training must include correctly using equipment and understanding load capacities, weather considerations, exclusion zones and emergency response processes.

Hazmat School offers an OSHA-compliant Authorized User / Inspector Scaffolding Safety Training Course that reviews:

  • Scaffolding components
  • Safe operations
  • Proper inspection procedures
  • Common hazards
  • Structure stability
  • Accident prevention
  • Scaffolding reporting

Register for Your Online Scaffolding Safety Training

Hazmat School is a frontrunner in workplace safety training in the U.S. We help over 20,000 individuals sharpen their safety skills and comply with regulations yearly. Our experienced and highly trained instructors are available 24/7 remotely, offering individuals the support they need to pass the course.

Get started — register for scaffolding safety training today. Alternatively, discover the extensive available courses online.

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