A safety report published by NASC for scaffolding incidents in UK reported only 7 incidents in 2014 which is a huge improvement as compared to 66 major injuries including 30 deaths back in 2013. It has been observed that major causalities happen either from collapsing, missing planks, guardrails or sufficient access. Scaffolding if placed or embedded correctly and strongly can save precious lives or major injuries. Here are certain erection guidelines that need to be followed while erecting Scaffolding in London
- All scaffolds whether moveable, grounded or aerial should be strong and sound structurally capable of bearing its own weight including four times additional load without displacing or collapsing.
- Never use boxes, loose bricks and slippery material to support scaffolding. It should always be erected on solid grounds.
- They should always be erected under the staunch supervision of a qualified person who can guide well for any lagging.
- Equip scaffolding with guardrails and toe boards etc.
- Any component such as ladder, legs, pulleys, brackets or braces if weakened or broken should be replaced or repaired quickly from a reliable source.
- Planking is important. Scaffolding should be planked using quality material. Before using, ensure whether it is scaffold grade and in excellent condition or not.
- In case of aerial scaffolds a regular inspection before the start of the shift should be performed by a qualified engineer to prevent any injuries later.
- In the presence of electric wires or lines, scaffolding should always be placed at least 10 feet away from them.