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The Importance of a Scaffold Safety Plan

When it comes to access scaffolding and shoring scaffolding, many potential safety risks must be addressed before operating on them. Falling tools, falls from heights, collapsing bars, and electrocution from overhead power lines are some of the major risks associated with scaffold systems. Before starting any scaffold project, a scaffold safety plan should be created. As leading providers of quality scaffolding systems, safety supplies, and safety training, the team at United Scaffold Supply understands the importance of a scaffold safety plan. That is why we have provided some information on what should be included in this plan and how it can help maximize site safety.

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What is Included in a Scaffold Safety Plan?

A comprehensive scaffold safety plan is crucial for minimizing the risk of accidents and injury on your project site. The following factors should be addressed in a scaffold safety plan:

Design

Scaffolds are rated as light, medium, and heavy duty. Regardless of which option meets your project requirements, every scaffold system must be designed by a qualified individual. When addressing the design in the scaffold safety plan, it must address the materials used, guardrails, toe boards, and the amount of time required to erect and dismantle the system.

Construction

Once the design has been outlined and approved, a scaffold safety plan must address how the system will be constructed. Footings, bracing poles, couplers, platforms, railings, and other elements of the scaffold system must be addressed to ensure that no elements are missed.

Use and Operation

After the construction of the scaffolding system is complete, a competent and certified operator must inspect the system to ensure that it is safe. Every scaffold safety plan must outline safe operating practices, potential hazards, and other information on general safety. To further minimize the risk of safety hazards, it should also include a list of operating practices and actions to avoid like using makeshift platforms and climbing on railings.

Training Requirements

Untrained and unauthorized personnel should never operate on a scaffolding system. A scaffold safety plan must outline the training requirements for safe operation. All workers must meet these requirements and receive certification from a licensed training provider to work on a scaffolding system.

To learn more about scaffold safety and scaffold rentals, get in touch with the team at United Scaffold Supply. We can be reached through our online contact form and will be happy to answer any questions you may have.