Safety is always a top priority in any construction project, including erecting and installing a scaffolding system. That is why contractors should always ensure first that all safety concerns are answered and security measures are implemented before the team could commence with the installation.
Here are some guide questions that contractors can use in checking the safety factors of a site scaffolding installation:
- Which scaffolding system best suits the needs of the site?
Safety starts with getting the right equipment for the project. Experienced contractors probably know what type of scaffolding system should be used, depending on the project requirements. Still, it is still best to consult a couple of UAE scaffolding companies to know the latest system in the market that could address your project needs. You need to take into consideration the specs of the project and the purpose of the system for the project.
- What are the standard operating procedures in using the equipment?
Every equipment should have a standard operating procedure for usage and safety measures, even a scaffolding system. Usually, the manufacturer would provide a basic instruction for installation and usage, but it is still up to the contractors to determine how they are going to utilize the equipment. Apart from the manual given, the construction team can create their own operating procedure to amplify safety measures. Moreover, the implementation of these policies should be monitored and documented for future reference.
- What are the inherent risks and how we can prevent these hazards?
Apart from having a safety manual, it is also important to determine the risk of using the equipment. This is to ensure that on-site workers are aware of the dangers and would know how to avoid and address it.
- What are the fall and life systems required?
The chances of falling from a scaffolding system are still high, despite today’s safety measures and policies. To boost the protection of workers working in the system, contractors can consider having fall and life systems installed along with the scaffolding system. Like the scaffolding, there are different types of fall protection lifeline systems that contractors can use, depending on the requirement. There are some locations and jurisdictions that require construction companies to use fall systems for safety and compliance.
- Who will be in charge of monitoring the safety of the workers and equipment?
With a lot of work going on the site, it is hard to track whether the safety measures are being implemented or followed. Having someone to monitor the implementation of these policies would prevent future accidents, especially when using an equipment such as a scaffolding system.
Read more about scaffolding safety measures here.