Scaffolding towers are an essential piece of equipment on construction sites. When the need to work at height for a long period of time arises, scaffolding towers provide an effective way of doing so. With professionals, they are relatively easy to assemble, can be shifted from one position to another and can provide much more accessibility than you would otherwise have on the construction site.
Working from a height, of course poses some risks, and if the scaffolding tower hasn’t been properly assembled or isn’t correctly used, the chances of these risks occurring are increased. In this blog, we discuss safety regulations when it comes to scaffolding towers and why they are so important.
As mentioned earlier, there are numerous risks associated with working from a height on a scaffold tower, which are usually more likely to happen on a construction site if there are no safety measures in place, or if they haven’t been properly followed. These dangers include;
- Falling from a height, whether during assembly or when using the platform
- Injury when assembling or dismantling the scaffolding tower
- Injury when carrying or lifting heavy objects up to the tower’s platform
- Injury from falling objects that have been dropped from the tower’s platform
- Scaffolding tower collapse or overturn from poor assembly, poor positioning or impact by a vehicle on the construction site
Ensuring the safe use of scaffold towers on site
Safety regulations were implemented to reduce the level of risk associated with using scaffold towers. The regulations offer guidelines on how to ensure safe assembly and use of these towers.
Firstly, an in-depth risk assessment of using a scaffold tower in your work environment must be carried out before assembling and using the equipment. This should be carried out by a trained individual who has undergone the relevant training required, as well as any practical experience that enables them to assemble the tower correctly, whilst being able to assess any risks, detect any faults with the tower and be able to provide solutions to eliminate risks.
Once the risk assessment has been created and signed off, the tower can be assembled by a competent individual. A pre-use inspection is a must before anyone uses the scaffold tower to work at a height. This includes completing a pre-check record document, that demonstrates the relevant checks have been carried out.
Regular safety checks must be made and documented at different intervals, throughout the time that the scaffold tower is used on site. This will ensure that the tower remains as safe as it was just after its assembly and that it can continue to be used with minimal risk.