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Storm Brian Proves Dangerous For Scaffolding
Scaffolding companies should always work according to health and safety guidelines, or the consequences can be dire.
The recent Storm Brian that affected parts of the UK and Ireland, caught one company out, high winds threatened to tip over scaffolding on a Surrey high street.
The Health and Safety Executive are looking into the incident which took place on 21 October this year in Cobham.
The sheeted scaffolding’s movement necessitated the closure of the road on Saturday, and emergency services were called.
A spokesperson for McCarthy and Stone who were responsible for the building site said: “We were made aware of an incident at our construction site in Cobham on Saturday, which concerned the partial movement of our sheeted scaffold as a direct result of strong winds and adverse weather conditions caused by Storm Brian.”
As the winter approaches it is important to get better acquainted with health and safety procedures relevant to working in bad weather.
It is important to keep an eye on the weather forecast, and if necessary dismantle the scaffolding ahead of high winds and storms.
It is important that people are not working on scaffolding in high winds and bad weather, and that staff understand this.
Ahead of storms it is also important to make sure that loose objects that could fly and hit someone are either removed or positioned so that they do not pose a threat to people.
The health and safety executive can launch investigations into company’s if they feel this is not being appropriately taken care of.