Scaffolding provides an efficient and safe means to work. However, unsafe scaffolding procedures can lead to accidents, injuries, and even death. Scaffolding safety training and planning ahead for the proper inspection, use and dismantling of scaffold units can substantially reduce accidents and injuries on the worksite.

Inspection
Upon receiving the scaffolding at the erection location and before each workshift, make sure to check for defective units and inspect all scaffolds and components. Choose a reliable provider and install the scaffolds according to the manufacturer’s specifications and other requirements.

Use
Scaffolding safety training and supervision of a competent person should also be mandatory for all workers. Scaffolds and components should not be loaded beyond their maximum capacities. Workers should also maintain a safe distance from power lines and not use the units during storms and very windy weather. Work on scaffolds must also be prohibited until snow, ice, and other things that could cause slips and falls are removed.

Dismantling
Moving and dismantling of scaffolds should be performed with the same care and planning as with their erection. A competent person should always be present to supervise.