Do I have to use a tag system on a scaffold system?
Not necessarily as it’s not a legal requirement, but it is advisable, yes. Although tagging is not a requirement, according to HSE the law does require that regular inspection of the scaffold be completed by a competent person.
If you’d like to find out more about scaffold tagging, take a look at our previous blog post all about scaffolding tags, which explore why they are used and outlines what the different types are.
For more comprehensive scaffolding inspections, a risk assessment may be needed. It is required after any bouts of severe or bad weather, as well as after any modifications that are carried out to the scaffold.
With a visible scaffold tagging system, this supplements inspection reports and assessments, ensuring all those who need to access the scaffold know that it is a) safe to use and b) has been inspected.
What qualifications do you need to put up scaffolding?
Scaffolding should be designed, erected, altered and dismantled only by competent people. In addition to this, the work should be required out with competent supervision.
Interested in learning about how to become a scaffolder and the different qualifications you may need in the construction industry? Read our dedicated blog post that details everything you need to know.
How can I prevent falls while putting up scaffolding?
Working at height is dangerous and when working on or with scaffolding you must take necessary precautions to prevent falls. You can prevent falls during the erection of scaffolding by using an advanced guard rail system. Where this is not possible, or practical, you can use harnesses for workers as this will arrest their fall.
There are 3 golden rules when working at height: plan ahead, pick the right equipment and keep an eye out.
What are some safety precautions for using scaffolding to minimise the risk of injury?
As we have discussed above, when working at height there are some key safety precautions workers and employers should make.
- Ensure all workers are trained to the right standards
- Prepare the ground, ensuring a good location for the scaffolding
- Secure the scaffold properly
- Carry out regular maintenance and inspection of scaffold
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