When Can Workers Do Welding from a Suspension Scaffold?

Suspension scaffolds are often used in projects that require welding. Although welding can be completed safely on suspension scaffolds, it is important to follow a few specific safety rules.

First, a grounding conductor that is at least the size of the welding lead should be connected from the scaffold to the structure, without attaching it in series. The wire rope of the suspension system should be covered in insulating material and stretch a minimum of four feet above the hoist. The hoist should also be covered in insulating material. To prevent the tail rope from becoming grounded, it should be guided or retained. Suspension ropes should all be attached to an insulated thimble and all ropes and lines should be insulated from the ground.

At Scaffold Resource, in addition to scaffolding rentals, we can provide advice to ensure that your job site stays safe at all times. For more information about scaffolding safety or rentals in Washington, D.C., call (301) 924-7223 today.

Risk Management When Working at Height

When you work at height, such as on scaffolding, it is necessary to take specific safety precautions to protect yourself and everyone else on a job site. This video offers some tips for staying safe on scaffolds and protecting the people below your scaffolding from injury.

Never work on a scaffold without a protective barrier on the edges. The barrier prevents items from falling on people below and protects you from stepping off the edge. Keep the work platform tidy, to reduce trip hazards. Check out the video for some additional helpful advice.

Scaffold Resource offers scaffolding rentals in Washington, D.C. as well as project safety consulting. When your job site needs scaffolding, call us at (301) 924-7223.

The Unique Challenges of Restoring Historic Ceilings

Historic ceiling restoration projects come with a variety of challenges, from the necessity of preserving the historic integrity of the ceiling to the practical challenge of working in the space. Scaffolds and shoring can both play a role in projects that involve the restoration of historic ceilings. If you are undertaking a restoration project, this information will help you cope with some of the challenges that you may face.

Identifying Structural Issues

Before restoring a ceiling, it’s necessary to uncover what structural issues are present. Historic ceilings are often subject to plumbing leaks and other kinds of water intrusion that must be addressed before any restorations are made. Layers of the ceiling underneath ornamental plaster may also be weak or have poor adhesion. It is usually necessary to install shoring for support while these structural issues are identified and repaired. Keep in mind that in addition to making repairs, some modernization may be needed in order to comply with local codes.

Finding Qualified Workers

Historic ceilings require specialty craftsmanship. It’s important to hire a contractor with experience working on historic sites and workers who are skilled in working the materials used in historic ceilings. Restoration contractors, plasterers who have worked with historic projects in the past, and other workers who are accustomed to historical sites can all help with ceiling restorations. Historical societies, museums, and unions can all provide references for qualified workers.

Use the Right Equipment

When working on a ceiling, stair tower scaffolding is inefficient and sometimes dangerous. Dance floor scaffolding, which holds multiple workers at once, allows work to take place across large spans safely and effectively, so that the job can be finished as quickly as possible.

Scaffold Resource provides multiple scaffold rental options, so you can get exactly what you need to complete your job on time and on budget. If you need scaffolding or shoring in Washington, D.C., call us today at (301) 924-7223.

What Every Site Manager Needs to Know About Accident Reporting

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, requires that employees keep track of any injuries that happen on the jobsite. Requirements for reporting vary depending on the type of injury and size of the business. Construction is an industry with one of the highest levels of jobsite accidents, because of the nature of the work and the use of scaffolding and other complex equipment, and site managers are usually responsible for meeting OSHA accident reporting requirements. Here is what you need to know.

Report of Injury Forms

Any time an injury or illness occurs on the jobsite, even if the incident is minor, OSHA requires a Report of Injury to be completed. These reports contain statements from employees and employers describing the incident, the nature of the injury or illness, what treatment was needed, and what can be done to prevent the incident from happening again in the future. OSHA also requires these forms to be completed for near-misses that could have resulted in an injury, such as a fall from scaffolding. It is the site manager’s job to ensure these forms are completed as required.

Severe Injury Reporting Rules

When a severe injury occurs on the jobsite, OSHA requires expedited reporting. Any time an injury leads to an amputation, loss of an eye, or a hospitalization, a report must be filed within 24 hours of the incident. If a fatality occurs, a report must be filed within eight hours. Fatalities that occur due to injuries that happened on a jobsite must be reported to OSHA if they happen within 30 days of the initial incident.

Records Keeping

Site managers are required to keep records of all accidents and injuries for five years. Companies are required to submit full records of all of the accidents and injuries annually to OSHA. Records submissions happen every February through April for the year prior.

Scaffold Resource is committed to safety on worksites and offers consulting services to ensure that you are using your shoring or scaffold rentals in Washington, D.C., safely. For more information, call us today at (301) 924-7223.

Situations That Call for Personnel/Material Hoists

Construction scaffolding provides temporary work platforms, and is capable of holding employees, tools, and materials up to a certain weight. However, scaffolding alone may not be sufficient for your work site. Workers still need a way to transport heavy items up the building, and for the workers themselves to make repeated trips up and down without becoming overly fatigued. Personnel and material hoists are the solution.

With these specialty hoists, heavy equipment and materials can be transported to where they are needed with minimal risk to the worker. As the work gets underway, debris can be transported out on the hoist. Installing personnel and material hoists is also a smart idea when the construction project must be completed on a tight schedule. Compact hoists are available for work zones in which space is a critical issue, such as in urban settings.

Scaffold Resource provides construction solutions for builders, including personnel and material hoists. Call (301) 924-7223 to request information on any of our services, including shoring systems and scaffolding rentals available in Washington, D.C.

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