Category: Toolbox Talks
•If working at or above 6’, all scaffold must have a handrail(42”) , a mid-rail(21”), and a toe board on all four sides. If any of those components are missing, 100% tie-off will be required. Be sure your harness is inspected daily before use, the legs straps are tight and the D-ring is between your shoulder blades.
• Always use a line to transport tools and materials to the working level. Hand carrying tools negates the three points of contact and can create a fall hazard. Never use wire handled buckets to lift anything to and from the scaffold instead use bolt bags, secured to a line or similar means.
•Have a trained scaffold builder add or remove any parts in your way. What appears as a small piece could actually be an integral part of the scaffold and removing it could cause a collapse.
•Inspect scaffolds daily and at the change of each shift to ensure no changes have been made. Ladders should have two brackets a piece and the bolts should be checked regularly, ladders must also extend 36” above the platform, gates should swing inward and not have a gap between the gate and the scaffold itself. The base of the ladder should have a landing 18”x18” min. at the base. Thinking about scaffold safety is one way to help make sure everyone goes home safe at the end of the day.