This suspended scaffolding safety alert has been released following the death of an employee in March 2009 who seem to was thrown off at a collapsed suspended scaffold while painting the outside of a building. A single point of the suspended scaffold failed allowing the platform moving down and dangling vertically in the opposite end. Another employee has also been in the suspended scaffold in the event it collapsed but was held by his fall-arrest harness until saved.
Although an investigation remains on-going to determine the main cause, the event works as a tragic indication that any kind of failure of a suspended scaffold is possibly tragic and the scaffold depends on all of its parts, the proper installation and usage and persistent safety check ups and upkeep to guarantee the safety of individuals in, or in the area, of the scaffold.
OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY REQUIREMENTS
The Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHS Act) demands business employers to supply plan and methods of work which are safe and without having risks to health, and to supply such information, safety training, coaching and guidance to guarantee the employee’s health and safety on the job.
Suspended Scaffolding Safety Training
The subsequent control steps connect with suspended scaffolds held by counterweighted suspension rigs:
- The counterweight provided needs to be sufficient not less than 3 times the utmost rope tension in the support string, considering the inboard and outboard projections of your suspension rig.
- The needles, or suspension rigs, should be created by a competent person to back up the maximum string tension in the provided outboard, which includes adequate horizontal stability
- The counterweights needs to be fixed to the suspension rig to avoid them getting dislodged or taken off without having to use a tool
- The winch ropes along with other parts ought to be checked out prior to setting up
- An individual rope safety device, or a subsequent rope, to carry the scaffold in case of a winch breakdown needs to be provided or integrated into every scaffold hoist
- The scaffold needs to be installed by persons having an Advanced Scaffolding, or Advanced Rigging Certificate of Competency who’re qualified in the setting up suspended scaffolds of the kind being set up, and a handover certificate given on completion
SUSPENDED SCAFFOLDING SAFETY ALERT
- The scaffold needs to be clearly noted with its performing capacity and should not be beyond capacity
- Business employers need to ensure that suspended scaffolding is checked out by a competent person prior to its first use, prior to its next use right after an occurrence that might sensibly be anticipated to have an effect on its stability or adequacy, prior to use subsequent repairs and at intervals not exceeding beyond 30 days. Any flaws discovered should be rectified prior to use.
- Operators must examine the scaffold, such as the suspension rig, just before each times use to check for any apparent damage or absent counterweights. Note: Operators needs to be presented with sufficient details in order to perform that check, otherwise have the check done by one more competent person.
- A fall arrest system complying with Standard should be presented and put on while individuals are moving the scaffold. This consists of the availability of appropriate fall-arrest rated anchor points around the scaffold. A practical individual also needs to remain attached sometimes.