Safe Scaffold Accessing Techniques

Scaffolding safety is essential, and it starts before you even make your way to the top of the work platform. Even the way you access your scaffold can impact your safety, the safety of others, and the job at hand. Watch this video for safe scaffold accessing techniques.

Never take shortcuts to get to the top of your scaffolding faster. Use designated access points such as walkways, ladders, and stairway towers, and always keep three points of contact while climbing. This means having both hands and one foot or both feet and one hand contacting the ladder or access path at all times. Use a pulley system to bring your tools up, but always do this with a partner.

Remember to use your work platform carefully, and contact Scaffold Resource if you need scaffolding rental serving Washington, D.C. Call our offices at (301) 924-7223 or peruse our website today.


Managing Fire and Medical Emergency Safety on a Job Site with Scaffolding

Emergencies can happen anytime, anywhere, and they rarely come with any warning. If you’re up on a scaffold when an emergency strikes, it’s important that you know how to get yourself to safety as quickly as possible. Continue reading for help managing fire and medical emergency safety on a job site with scaffolding.

Checking Your Scaffolding

There’s nothing more important than personal safety, and that rule applies no matter where you are or what you’re doing. Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or it’s your first time working on scaffolding, you need to know what to do and what not to do before climbing aboard. The first step in the process should always be to walk around your scaffolding system and make sure that every component is safe and sturdy. If you climb up without checking your scaffolding and run into a fire or a medical emergency, you might have another emergency to deal with that you didn’t even realize.

Accessing Scaffolding Properly

When climbing a ladder of any kind, you should always keep three points of contact. This could be both of your hands and one foot or both of your feet and one hand, as long as three of your limbs are making contact with the structure you’re climbing. This is a standard you should never let go of if you use scaffolding. You might fall if you don’t keep three points of contact, or you might drop a tool and hit one of your coworkers.

Having an Emergency Plan

Accidents are unplanned by definition, but you can plan on what to do in case one does occur. If you’re up on scaffolding and encounter a fire or medical emergency, you should have a protocol to follow that will get you to safety.

If you’re going to use scaffolding serving Washington, D.C., you need to know how to use it right. Once you know how to stay safe when on your work platform, call Scaffold Resource at (301) 924-7223 or look around our website to see what we can offer.


Taking a Closer Look at Our Hoist Projects

Out of the several different kinds of work platforms like scaffolding, shoring, and sidewalk canopies, each has its own applications. The Scaffold Resource team specializes in all of the above, and we have some impressive hoist projects under our belts. Read on if you’re interested in taking a closer look at our hoist projects.

Constitution Center

Every hoist, scaffolding or shoring project involves some challenges, but we look forward to conquering them at Scaffold Resource. When we were involved in the renovation of the Constitution Center, which involved two million square feet of renovation in the interior, we were never inclined to back down. Our hoists got workmen to the 11th floor and the roof from grade level, all without interfering with walkways on three sides of the building. The schedule was aggressive, but our team of scaffolding professionals was unfazed.

Health and Human Services Headquarters

Some hoist projects take longer than others, but the wait is always worthwhile. Our hoist project at the Health and Human Services Headquarters went through multiple phases over several years. We needed to work on parts of the building while other sections still operated as usual, and the installation of our work platforms had to be meticulous, because of the public traffic. We were also close to power lines with high voltage, so safety precautions were at an all-time high level of importance.

Hay Adams Motel

There were a few challenges associated with the Hay Adams Motel hoist project, including building a hoist over loading docks. We also had to work around the existing structure and add scaffolds between hoists and the building. No matter what kind of restrictions are put in place, Scaffold Resource will find a way to make sure your project is completed.

You can learn everything you want to know about our hoist products and our scaffolding rentals serving Washington, D.C. by calling Scaffold Resource at (301) 924-7223. You can also stop by and our website to learn about our sidewalk canopies and shoring.


When to Use Dance Floor Scaffolding

For individuals who are unfamiliar with the types of scaffolding rentals available, the term “dance floor scaffolding” can be a little misleading, as it isn’t intended to hold up an actual dance floor. Rather, it’s a scaffolding system that features a very large platform at a consistent elevation, instead of a series of smaller platforms that ascend vertically. There are a number of reasons why you might need dance floor scaffolding.

It’s typically used to allow work on large structures with a consistent height. For example, a crew might use it to create an elevated work platform above a school or community pool. The platform allows the crew to renovate the ceiling safely. Dance floor scaffolding is also useful in venues such as concert halls, school assembly rooms, historic buildings, churches, and cathedrals.

You can find safe dance floor scaffold systems in Washington, D.C. at Scaffold Resource—a leading supplier of scaffold rentals. Get in touch at (301) 924-7223 with any questions you might have.


Summarizing OSHA Scaffolding Safety Guidelines

Every business owner who needs scaffolding rentals should be aware of OSHA’s scaffolding safety requirements. You can get an introduction to the topic when you watch this featured video. It discusses some statistics that highlight the prevalence of scaffolding-related falls among injured and killed construction workers.

OSHA’s guidelines are lengthy, but the basic requirements are that employers must ensure: Workers are protected by fall prevention systems, and the scaffold towers and stairs meet the minimum specifications in manufacture and assembly to reduce the risk of a collapse or fall. Other requirements involve non-slip surfaces, worker training, and safe rope descent systems.

Worker safety is our top priority here at Scaffold Resource in Washington, D.C., and we have the impeccable track record to prove it. You can call (301) 924-7223 to discuss a scaffolding rental or construction scaffolding sale.


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