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Summer Scaffolding Hazards

Scaffold Safety | August 31, 2021

Scaffolding hazards never disappear, they just transform as the work environment changes. Though it is easy to assume that dry and predictable weather is easier to work in than cold and wet weather, this is not the case. Summer brings several risks for all personnel working on scaffolding regardless of the surrounding environment. As leading providers of access scaffolding rentals and scaffolding tools, the team at United Scaffold Supply understands the importance of safe operation. That is why we have created a list of the most dangerous summer scaffolding hazards to increase awareness of safety risks and how to avoid them.

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4 Scaffolding Hazards to Watch for During Summer

To ensure that all personnel stay safe during summer, it is important to be aware of the following hazards:

1. Sunburn and Heatstroke

Most scaffold systems do not offer any cover or protection from direct sunlight, especially for personnel on higher levels. This puts operators at risk of sunburn and heatstroke due to prolonged exposure to sunlight and intense heat. Operators should limit the amount of time they spend in direct sunlight wherever possible while ensuring that they are wearing breathable clothing and protection from UV rays. Sunscreen and hard hats can also go a long way in preventing sunburn and minimizing the risk of heatstroke.

2. Dehydration

As temperatures rise, personnel will likely start to sweat more while on the job. This increased perspiration can quickly lead to dehydration and heatstroke. Be sure to promote and monitor water consumption for all staff members to ensure that everyone stays hydrated. It is also worth adding a water cooler or a pack of bottled water to your site to make it easy for staff members to rehydrate whenever they need to.

3. Poor Air Quality

In summer, the air quality often drops due to pollutants, heat, and masses of pollen. This can make it more difficult for some employees to breathe, especially if they suffer from seasonal allergies. Be sure to supply all personnel with suitable eye and face protection to minimize the risks associated with poor air quality.

4. Hand Protection and Poor Grip

When employees start to sweat, their hands can become damp and slippery. Sweaty hands are a major safety concern as this can significantly increase the risk of dropping tools or materials. A pair of lightweight and breathable scaffolding gloves will ensure a consistently strong grip while minimizing discomfort during operation.

To learn more about common scaffolding hazards or to inquire about our scaffold rentals, get in touch with the team at United Scaffold Supply. Our team can be reached at 1-866-820-6341 or through our online contact form and will be happy to answer any questions you may have.