An old friend of mine runs a damp proofing business in Barnsley which often requires scaffolding and so set up his own scaffolding company to cope with the demand and was kind enough to forward on some useful information for me to include in my new blog about scaffold safety. I hope you find it useful.
Scaffolding is often a necessary part of building and home repair. Set up scaffolding thoroughly to ensure you and anybody else using the equipment remain safe. An error in erecting scaffolding may lead to a critical accident. Setting up scaffolding is an alternative to using ladders. One advantage of using scaffolding is the larger work space and mobility it offers over that of a ladder. It provides a platform for walking and for setting all of your tools. This cuts work time substantially.
Select a secure foundation on which to build and set your scaffold. Obtain mud sills or base plates to attach the scaffolding to really make the footing more secure. One of the primary concerns here is to have the scaffolding level and on secure ground. If you are on unlevel ground, you may need to dig down to make the dirt level in any high corner. Furthermore, use the adjusting screws on the scaffolding to level the framework. If the surface is on a major slope, attain leg extensions.
Opt for casters. If you are considering moving your scaffolding to work on many spots, include casters in your scaffolding setup. Remember to lock the casters when you get it into place.
Assemble the scaffolding frame. Lay out the ends of the scaffolding. Lift one end piece, and attach the upper cross brace. The far end of this brace should support the end piece while you lift the second end piece and add its upper cross brace. Secure the ends of the cross braces to the bottom of the opposite end frame.
Make sure the scaffold is stable. Move the scaffolding into your preferred position, and make certain it is level and secure.
Place the planks. Lift the planks through the scaffold bars and into position. Hardware ought to be included to fix the planks into position..
Look over the scaffolding to ensure safety. Carefully examine the scaffolding set up to make sure all pieces are safe. Reinspect the scaffold system every time you leave the site and return to it to ensure it remains safe.
Keep safety in your mind. Scaffolds are considered safest to a height of up to 4 times the width of the base. Keep the scaffolding away from power lines. Pay attention to varying weather conditions. Don’t work on scaffolding in bad or extreme weather, if you need help contact a professional scaffolder.