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Safety Alert For Scaffolding Use On Construction Sites
The team here at Burflex are experienced and professional scaffolders in Leeds, so you know that you have precious little to worry about where health and safety is concerned if you hire us for your next construction project.
But one of the big considerations that both scaffolding companies and contractors will need to bear in mind when using this kind of equipment on site is just how to prevent members of the public climbing onto access scaffolds.
As the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) notes, there is indeed a history of this taking place over the years, with children in particular tempted to climb – and as such, every effort has to be made in order to prevent access onto scaffolds.
No matter where your construction site is, scaffolding will always be inviting to children as a playground of sorts – but if you’re in a residential area, then you really do need to prioritise risk assessments and how you intend to prevent people from gaining access to your equipment.
Bear in mind that children quite simply do not have the same ability as adults to perceive danger so you can’t expect them to do the sensible thing and not climb on your scaffolding. It’s best to err on the side of caution and put measures in place to stop them from doing it in the first place.
First of all, you need to make sure that site perimeter fencing is in place to stop people from accessing your site but you also need to judge whether or not you need extra local fencing and regular removal of access ladders to help protect people from themselves. If this routine removal isn’t practical, you could also introduce the use of locked guards or covers so these ladders are no longer available.
Putting up safety signs and information is also a must, requesting members of the public to keep well away from construction work areas. But remember that children walking past may be too young to read or properly understand these signs and may be tempted to climb up high. As such, you must take extra steps to ensure that very young children can’t climb onto your scaffolding.
Other controls you could consider include CCTV with active monitoring and loud speakers, security guards on site or visiting patrols and so on.
As for the workers actually going to be using the scaffolding, you can help improve health and safety standards for them using an advanced guard rail system to stop people from falling from height, or ensure that your staff members wear harnesses to stop them falling if an accident does happen.
And do remember that all scaffolding should be designed, erected, changed and dismantled by competent people only, with the work only ever carried out under the direction of a competent supervisor. This is required under the Work at Height Regulations 2005 – but get in touch with us if you’d like to find out more.