Serious injuries can occur on construction sites when safety precautions are ignored. It’s the responsibility of the competent person on the jobsite to ensure that every worker is properly trained and outfitted with the necessary safety equipment. The competent person must also ensure that potential safety hazards, such as slipping and tripping hazards on the scaffold, are promptly addressed.
Slipping and Tripping Hazards
The first step in addressing safety concerns is simply to be aware of them. All workers should know about the risks of tripping over accumulated debris on scaffolding and work platforms, such as tools, materials, and equipment. Workers who spill liquids on these platforms should promptly soak up the liquid to eliminate the slipping hazard. The competent person should also inspect the scaffolding daily for mud, grease, snow, and ice buildup.
Construction site workers need the right equipment to do a job as safely as possible. To prevent slips and falls from scaffolds, workers should wear sturdy work shoes or boots with nonskid soles. The competent person should ensure that all necessary fall prevention systems, such as harnesses, are used. A harness might not stop a worker from falling on the scaffold itself, but it will prevent the worker from falling over the edge of the platform.
Working on a scaffold during the winter can be particularly hazardous. Snow and ice cannot be allowed to accumulate on these surfaces. It may be necessary to halt work activities at elevations during active snowstorms. Even after removing snow and ice from the scaffold, the platforms can remain damp and slippery. Safety can be enhanced by installing an abrasive material to the platforms.
Companies who need scaffolding erected near Washington, D.C. choose Scaffold Resource because of our reputation for uncompromising safety protocols and rigorous training programs. Call us today at (301) 924-7223, and find out for yourself why we are an industry leader in construction site safety. Our expert team also provides shoring systems and sidewalk canopies.
Excavations are among the most dangerous activities on any construction site. It’s critically important to erect a safe and code-compliant shoring system before digging too deep. Construction engineers can design an effective shoring system for your site, but it can also be helpful for the onsite supervisor to have a quick reference guide.
Download the Excavations 101 app for instant access to sloping and shoring reference materials. It includes handy tools like the sloping vs. shielding calculator, a trench side slope inclinometer, and an OSHA regulations finder. It also includes important information about soil classifications.
Scaffold Resource in Washington, D.C. is an industry leader in safety, with two million man hours worked without a lost time injury. Call our scaffolding and shoring system company at (301) 924-7223, and inquire about our specialized training programs available for your company.
Thanks to our reputation for excellent work and an enduring commitment to safety, Scaffold Resource is often called upon to engineer and install scaffolding and shoring systems at cultural and historic landmarks. One of the buildings we’ve had the pleasure to work on is the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. One of the most notable features of its architecture is the domed roof, which required assessment and restoration.
The Scaffold Resource team designed and installed a scaffold access system to allow building restoration experts to get the job done. There were a number of unique challenges on this job. No part of the scaffold could physically touch the dome itself. Additionally, the engineer had to distribute the load of the scaffold to the lower structural elements.
Are you interested in finding out how our construction scaffold installation team can help your company? Call Scaffold Resource in Washington, D.C. at (301) 924-7223 to discuss your project.
All worksites in the U.S. are required to be in compliance with all relevant OSHA regulations. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration delivers guidance regarding safety topics, such as the appropriate use of hard hats on scaffolding and when performing shoring erection. Unfortunately, some workers are in the habit of removing hard hats while working. Some common excuses for avoiding hard hat usage include being too warm, never having been hurt before, and disliking the look of hard hats. None of these common excuses justify the removal of hard hats when in an area where a head injury might occur.
The Importance of Hard Hats
Every year in the U.S., thousands of workers sustain head injuries. Some of them do not survive their injuries. Head trauma can result in far worse consequences than being out of work for a while. Some patients may develop long-term complications from severe trauma, such as cognitive, behavioral, and emotional changes. Wearing a hard hat is a simple but effective means of preventing serious head injuries.
The Types of Hard Hats
OSHA requires all acceptable hard hats to have an inner shock-absorbing liner, a hard outer shell, and a headband. An acceptable hard hat will also feature a sticker that labels its class and ANSI designation. Class C conductive helmets are designed for lightweight impacts. Class G general helmets offer better protection. They guard against impacts and penetrations, as well as electrical hazards up to 2,200 volts. Class E electrical helmets should be worn when there is a more significant risk of electrical hazards.
The Care and Keeping of Hard Hats
OSHA recommends that all workers inspect and clean their hard hats every day. Discard hard hats with cracks, perforations, or other signs of damage. Avoid using any cleaning products not recommended by the manufacturer, as these can adversely affect the hard hat’s resistance to electrical hazards or impacts. OSHA also suggests that workers avoid leaving hard hats in direct sunlight, as this can weaken the material over time. Workers should avoid applying new labels to a hard hat.
Sidewalk canopies, shoring systems, and scaffolding are available in Washington, D.C. from Scaffold Resource. Our team regularly reviews OSHA regulations and all local codes to ensure we stay up to date and in full compliance. Call (301) 924-7223 to inquire about your project.