Mobile Scaffolding Safety
• Scaffold systems must be handled with care at all times.
• Observe the manufacturers warnings and instructions.
• Observe closely the area in which you wish to position the scaffold and assess for risks (e.g. open door ways, overhead power lines, uneven ground).
• Where a risk is present, remove (or reduced to an acceptable level) the risk, or seek an alternative safe means of access.
• Scaffold systems are designed and built for a specific use. Read the warning labels.
• Always inspect the scaffold for damage prior to use.
• NEVER USE A SCAFFOLD THAT HAS BEEN DAMAGED OR HAS MISSING PARTS.
• Ensure the scaffold is free from dirt, water and grease prior to use paying particular attention to the rungs and decks.
• When using a scaffold near a door way, block/lock the door and/or post a guard.
• Do not leave scaffold systems unattended while they are erected.
• Always wear fully enclosed footwear with slip resistant soles.
• Avoid using scaffold in very wet or windy conditions.
• Never use a scaffold if you are impaired by drugs, alcohol or sickness.
SAFE HANDLING PROCEDURES
• Never drop or jar a scaffold component as it may make it unsafe to use.
• Always employ safe lifting practices when moving or handling scaffolding (e.g. bend the knees).
• Always be aware of others and property when moving scaffolding. Particular care should be taken when carrying a scaffold through doorways or around corners.
• Always ensure that you have full control of the scaffold at all times.
• Be aware of the position of your hands when using trapdoors to avoid entrapment.
• When transporting a collapsed scaffold on a vehicle ensure that the following points are observed:
• The scaffold is supported along its length to prevent sagging.
• The overhang beyond supports is equal/ less than 1/3 of the length of the scaffold.
• The scaffold is securely tied down to prevent road shock and chaffing. Do not over tighten as this may cause damage.
• The upper surface of the roof racks or supports should be covered with soft material, such as rubber or pine, to decrease road shock.