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S&D Scaffolding Health and Safety

Scaffolding is a routine building need, but one that should never be taken for granted. Incidents connected to scaffolding have increased in recent years. Who can forget the major scaffold collapse in Milton Keynes April 2006 in which one affected workman died from his injuries?

All companies and workers using scaffolding need to be aware of the impact of maintaining a safe and secure scaffold. Falls from elevated platforms remain the single largest cause of workplace deaths and one of the main causes of serious injury.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) recommends that scaffold arrangements are reviewed regularly and Working At Height Safety Information by HSEthat reviews take account of factors which include, but are not limited to:

• scaffolding design implementation;
• arrangements for securing scaffolding to structures;
• intended and actual loadings on scaffolds, including the impact of wind;
• the risk of direct impact by construction plant or vehicles;
• the frequency and thoroughness of scaffold inspection arrangements;
• systems in place for the handover of new or adapted scaffolds;
• the training and competence of scaffold erectors;
• the adequacy of the scaffold foundations; and
• the prevention of unauthorized modifications.

S&D Scaffolding are required to provide a suitable stable working platform that has been erected by its competent personnel. It is important that you have in place arrangements to ensure this and that these arrangements are reviewed regularly. Once erected, it is vital that scaffolds are inspected regularly by us to ensure that they remain safe and stable, especially after any adverse conditions (i.e. high winds).
The HSE have provided the following advice with regards to the design of scaffolds and the competence required to maintain a safe scaffold:

Scaffolding Design Issues

• All tube and fitting scaffolds should be designed by a competent person, unless a ‘basic scaffold’.
• System scaffolding should be designed and erected in accordance with the manufacturer’s or supplier’s handbook.
• Any proposed modifications, or alterations, outside the system scaffolding manufacturer’s guidelines should be designed by a competent person.
• Erection of designed scaffolding should be done under the direct supervision of an “advanced” scaffolder.
• Handover certificates should refer to any relevant design drawings.
• Inspection of designed scaffolding should be carried out by a competent person.
• Scaffolding should be ‘tagged’ to indicate when they are not in use.

Safe Systems of Work

S&D Scaffolding carries out work safely at height. S&D Scaffolders are competent professionals who carry out a risk assessment before erecting scaffolding. Based on the findings of an assessment, a method statement may be completed, detailing erection and striking of the scaffold.

The Work at Height Regulations set out a hierarchy for managing and selecting equipment for work at height. Danger Scaffolding IncompleteClearly, S&D Scaffolders cannot avoid working at height; however, collective fall prevention and protection measures, i.e. temporary working platforms with guard rails or safety nets must always take priority over personal fall protection systems.

When a personal fall arrest system is used, consideration must be given to reducing the distance a person is liable to fall and the consequences of the fall, particularly the ease of rescue of a person suspended in a harness.

Except for “basic” scaffolds, it is normally necessary for S&D Scaffolding carry out analysis and design of any scaffold. S&D Scaffolding Site Assessors can produce designs and calculations to include all fall protection measures that will form part of the finished structure. This information will be available to site personnel who will erect the scaffold.

S&D can arrange for a permit allowing the scaffold to be based in the street or on another party’s land. Where required, S&D will write a plan to deal with “in use inspections” and procedures for modification, amendment and repair of a scaffold structure.

Any incomplete scaffold, where someone may fall or where an object could fall and injure someone, will be clearly identified with warning signs and access restricted by suitable physical measures to prevent unauthorized access.

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