During scaffold erection
• Scaffolding is erected /dismantled ‘sequentially’ to control risk of falls to scaffolders.
• Persons (other than scaffolders) are prevented from accessing incomplete scaffolds eg warning signs and barriers. • Exclusion zones are maintained during scaffold erection activities.
• Compliance with No Go Zone (NGZ) requirements where scaffolding is erected, dismantled or in use near overhead power lines. Including compliance with ‘Permit to Work’ requirements issued by the power distribution company. For example: hoarding boards / shade mesh to be secured to the scaffold as a barrier.
• Engineering approval is obtained where shade-mesh or hoarding is affixed to scaffolding.
• For complex scaffolds, design drawings are supplied by the scaffold supplier and scaffolding is erected in accordance with it. Scaffolding safety
• Scaffolding provided is, and remains, safe, fit for purpose, stable and complete. This includes ensuring: − there is an appropriate footprint for scaffold to be erected − it is constructed on a stable surface or solid ground that is capable of bearing the imposed loads − where required, appropriate ties or other means of stabilisation are used. • Safe and clear access and egress is provided to all working platforms eg clear access to ladder / stairs.
• Scaffolding is protected from impact by mobile plant, vehicle traffic and isolated from unauthorised users and the public.
• Where appropriate, toe boards/ kick boards and mesh is in place to prevent objects from falling.
• Damaged planks and components are removed or replaced by the scaffold supplier or licensed scaffolder.
• Scaffolding is only used for the purpose for which it was designed.
Note: Scaffolding used for demolition work should be no less than heavy duty class.
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