Using scaffolding on a building site enhances safety for construction workers, but when it’s raining, how can builders make sure that their safety isn’t compromised, especially during the rainy months?
All snow, ice, mud and any other debris such as wet leaves should be removed thoroughly before using the scaffold. Similarly, you should also avoid using scaffolding during any adverse weather conditions such as heavy rain, sleet, ice, snow and strong winds.
While it is possible to work safely and use scaffolding in the rain, the cold and rain can affect productivity as well as the health of the scaffolder. Therefore, it’s important for all scaffold workers to take regular breaks.
3 top tips to stay safe when using scaffolding in the rain
Support the foot of your scaffolding structure
When it’s raining there is an increased chance that the ground of the scaffolding has been erected upon will become weak, especially if there’s been a heavy downpour. This means the feet of the scaffolding structure can easily sink into the ground. If a scaffolder or builder was going to use it in this condition the structure could collapse or a person could fall from it.
To avoid this issue, you can support each foot of the scaffold with something sturdy and secure, such as pieces of wood. This also helps prevent the scaffold from sinking into the ground when wet.
Turn the planks when necessary
The second thing you can do when you want to use scaffolding in the rain is to turn the planks when necessary. If you hire scaffolding from a reputable company then you won’t need to worry about the performance and safety of your scaffolding, however, if you feel like the planks are becoming too slippery, it’s best to turn them. Slippery and unsafe planks on the scaffolding usually occur when it has rained for several hours and causes the plank to lose its grip.
This may seem like an obvious point, but you must be careful when climbing up the scaffolding. Don’t rush about, even if you are in a hurry. This is particularly important if it starts or has been raining.
Climb carefully up the scaffolding as the rungs can become slippery during the rainy season, which can lead to slipping hazards and injury. Only lift your foot to climb when you are sure that the other foot is secure.
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