Working on a noisy site. Use these hand signals that are universal in the scaffold industry.
Good Catch, Good Save!! Read about good scaffold practices and some scaffold failures. Stories, pictures and bloopers.
Many construction workers use small scaffolds everyday. Follow these safety tips to use the small scaffolds correctly and safely.
Are you using the scaffold correctly? Check out some of the miss information about scaffold usage.
Do you know the correct use of a clamp-on scaffold ladder?
What type of bases are required? Check it out before you start to build.
Codes of Safe Work Practices depend on the jurisdiction that you are building the scaffold. Review the following COSP for building a scaffold in Canada. Remember that some jobsites may supersede these.
The counter weight formula is used to calculate what is required. Always be sure to use the formula correctly.
Are you unsure of what to look for when inspecting a scaffold component. Don't know why component inspection is necessary?
Who needs a rescue plan?? What about a Rescue Checklist. Every jurisdiction has different requirements but all Scaffold workers working at heights require some type of Rescue plan. While every site is different and 911 seems like a great idea, we suggest a more calculated and thought out plan. Review some sample checklists to get you started on your rescue plan!
There is lots of different supported scaffold inspections to be found . . . . some good and some not so good. Review the sample inspection forms and find one that works for your site.
Attached are the links to scaffold information
o Member companies
o Other jurisdictions NIOSH OSHA ANSI SAIA
Manufacturers' specifications play an important part of scaffold building. Every manufacturer has their own set of specifications. It is never recommended to mix scaffold types, and using the wrong manufacture specifications for a product could result in a faulty scaffold. Without manufacturers specifications, you may be building the scaffold incorrectly and scaffold failure, injuries and fatalities could result.
Do you have to work alone? A worker is considered to be working alone if they work alone at a work site where assistance is not readily available. Occupational health and safety has published guidelines for employees and employers. See the OHS Work Alone Requirements. Click here for link.
This handy counterweight formula is a good source to have handy.
Make sure you have the proper training on how to use the formula.
A counterweight is a weight that, by exerting an opposite force, provides balance and stability of a mechanical system. Its purpose is to make lifting the load more efficient, which saves energy and is less taxing on the lifting structure.
Counterweights are often used in scaffold operations. They are also used in
elevators, cranes and funfair rides. In each of these applications, the expected load multiplied by the distance that load will be spaced from the central support (called the "tipping point") must be equal to the counterweight's mass times its distance from the tipping point in order to prevent over-balancing either side. This distance times mass is called the load moment.
A counterbalance is a weight or force that balances or offsets another as when two objects of equal weight, power, or influence are acting in opposition to each other. The objects are then said to be in counterbalance.
IMPORTANT HINT - Always double check that you calculated the formula properly
Codes of Safe Work Practices are an important part of communicating the proper and safe use of Scaffolds. Refer to the Safe work practices.
Thinking about the holidays, an upcoming vacation or event. Safety never takes a break and neither should you. Always watch for hazards and work safely. Use these tips to keep you safe when working on scaffolds.
There is many near misses, injuries, and even fatalities that come with installing scaffolds, dismantling scaffolds and the use of scaffolds. Lets learn from these incidents and have a safer attitude about scaffolds
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