Guidelines For the Use of Scaffolding
Construction facilities for scaffolding in South Africa are a requirement owing to the massive upgrading to too many of the current structures in and around communities and new houses. The development of the country’s visual and structural aspects is astounding with events such as the FIFA World Cup in the near future and South Africa ‘s progress toward becoming a first world country. These transformations are accompanied by the need for reliable and safe scaffolding services and systems via a contractor approved for safety. Here is our official site.
Employing a Business
The safest method for finding a reliable and safe scaffolding device to use is to employ a licensed scaffolding contractor. In South Africa, contractors are required to comply with government security laws and the OHS Act & SANS 10085 to ensure optimum safety is maintained during scaffolding operations and to avoid prosecution for injuries or death.
Preparation for Scaffolding Safety
There is some planning before a scaffolding system is erected and will be carried out by the scaffolding contractor employed for the job and by the individual employing the contractor.
First, the ground where the scaffolding is to be constructed will be a secure level floor, because if it is not, the builder would have to reinforce it to insure that it is sufficient to accommodate the scaffolding.
The health of pedestrians is extremely critical and reasonable steps need to be taken if the scaffolding is to be installed in a public location. For example, the work can be scheduled to proceed during quiet periods, during which fewer people are likely to be close to the structure, or roads can be closed with the permission of the Council. Scaffolding should never be installed close to power lines, as this can be extremely dangerous and lead to deaths.
If scaffolding is to be used on a freeway or highway, the contractor is responsible for applying for and obtaining such a license and is required to have a license specifically for this. Nevertheless, the person hiring the contractor is liable for requesting the local council for approval to prepare for the construction of any temporary structure and for future permanent structures to which the scaffolding may be used.
Workers who build scaffolding should be adequately qualified in the correct techniques of scaffolding building and dealing with temporary structures.
The scaffolding will be checked before using, then mounted again once more. It is therefore important to test the scaffolding for defects or harm to the foundation and the materials at frequent intervals. This is especially essential after the scaffolding has been installed or modified. Scaffolding should be tested equally important after very dry weather, floods, strong winds and other factors which may affect the safety of the scaffolding system.
Safety Use while Scaffolding
Staff do not store products on the scaffolding boards while scaffolding systems are in use. Something left on the boards may allow someone to ride on the scaffolding and collapse on the ground, or cause injury to someone.
Physical barriers are recommended to prevent injury to people passing under the scaffolding system but it is not necessary to use tape to create barriers because people will (and will) disregard the tape and step through it. Likewise, if the scaffolding is left unattended, the access ladder should be disconnected to prevent unauthorized individuals from entering. If workers are working from the roofs, mobile tower scaffolding must have the wheels closed, and they must remain stationary.