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What is a Scaffold Safety Plan?

Scaffold Safety | February 28, 2023

Whether you are working with access scaffolding or shoring scaffolding, it is crucial to have a sufficient safety plan in place before designing, constructing, and using these systems. While a detailed safety plan will help to minimize the risk of accidents and injuries while on the job, a lack of a plan will drastically increase the risk of various accidents such as falling tools, falls from heights, and electrocution from overhead power lines. As a leading provider of scaffold equipment solutions and comprehensive safety training, the team at United Scaffold Supply knows how important proper preparation and planning are for every project. That is why we have compiled some information to help workers and supervisors understand what a scaffold safety plan is and how it can help maximize site safety.

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An Overview of Scaffold Safety Plans

Scaffold safety plans are documents that are created to ensure optimal safety when using access or shoring scaffold systems. These documents account for the design, assembly, and usage of the scaffold system to ensure that it is perfectly tailored to the requirements of the project site. Scaffold safety plans are required regardless of the size of the scaffolding system, so it is crucial to ensure that one is completed by a qualified individual.

4 Elements to Include in Your Scaffold Safety Plan

The following elements should be addressed in every scaffold safety plan to minimize the risk of accidents and worker injuries on your project site:

1. Scaffold Design

Scaffolds are rated as light, medium, and heavy duty. Once you have determined which option is best for your project requirements, this system must be designed by a qualified individual. When discussing the design of the system 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. 

2. Construction Process

Once the design has been outlined and approved by all relevant parties, 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 during the construction process.

3. Use and Operation Procedures

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 then outline safe operating practices, potential hazards, and other information on general safety. To further minimize the risk of safety hazards, the plan should also include a list of operating practices and actions to avoid, like using makeshift platforms or climbing on railings.

4. Training Requirements

Untrained and unauthorized personnel should never be present on a scaffolding system. That is why a scaffold safety plan must outline the training requirements for access to the scaffolding system. All workers must meet these requirements and receive certification from a licensed training provider to work on a scaffolding system. Supervisors should also be encouraged to verify this training/certification for all personnel to further minimize the risk of accidents.

To learn more about scaffold safety or to inquire about our selection of 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 regarding our products and services.