It goes without saying that health and safety is extremely important when working as a scaffolder. Thankfully, years of working at height have taught us the best ways to ensure we remain safe in our working environments. Here, we’ve put together a list of the most important considerations from a safety point of view.
The most important aspect of scaffolding health and safety is arguably the training that the workers in question have had. Without the necessary experience and knowledge, workers should never attempt to assemble or use scaffolds of any kind; it is absolutely essential that only qualified people attempt to put together scaffolding. The structural integrity of these constructions is the difference between remaining safe and not. If you’re in any doubt as to whether a scaffolder is qualified or not, see whether they’re accredited by organisations such as CHAS and NASC. If they are, you can be more confident they’ll do things properly.
There are a number of PPE items that every scaffolder needs to ensure they wear while working on any job:
- An approved hard hat
- Hand protection, such as thick gloves
- Protective, steel-toe-capped boots. Must also be anti-slip
- Safety harness (necessary for any workers functioning 6 feet above the ground)
Code of practice
For a full overview of everything health and safety-related, you can read the Health and Safety Authority’s code of practice. That document provides a full overview of the appropriate (and safe) conduct on a scaffolding site.
Obviously if you’re a scaffolder yourself, these are all basic points that you should already know. If, however, you’re keen to know more about the industry then we hope we’ve given you an overview of what’s required.