4 Most Common Scaffold Hazards & How To Avoid Them

Scaffold accidents are not inevitable, and many times occur from common scaffold hazard safety. OSHA estimates that if construction sites comply with current safety standards.
raining, education, the right equipment, and the proper use of that equipment are all necessary to reduce scaffold accidents. Let’s look at some of the most common scaffold hazards and some best practices to avoid them.

  • Falls from an elevation

    Guardrails, personal fall arrest systems, and fall prevention systems are all useful in preventing common scaffold hazard safety from falls and deaths. It’s important to select equipment that meets current standards, install it properly, and use it as it’s intended to be used. The most important factor is education and training. Employees must be properly trained to use safety systems in order for them to be effective.

  • Collapsing/overturning scaffolding

    Follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully.  Take into account the weight of workers and materials. Consider the buildings or structures that may be used to support the scaffold to make sure they’re capable of supporting the maximum intended load. To prevent overturning, properly tie or guy scaffolds. Take care when adding an enclosure to a scaffold. Secure it with additional ties or guys to make up for increased wind loading.


  •  Using Toeboards or Equivalent Devices

Can help prevent injuries caused by falling tools, work materials, or debris. Before moving scaffolds, secure or remove all materials.

  • Electrocution:

To prevent electrocution and common scaffold hazards, never use or erect scaffolds near electrical power lines unless you have first consulted with a knowledgeable, qualified person. Whenever you must use power tools or temporary electrical wiring, be careful and obtain the proper training ahead of time.

Founded in 1998, Scaffold Resource, LLC has been a fixture and growing force in the Mid-Atlantic region’s scaffold industry for over two decades. The company has successfully grown in its ability to provide a vast array of vertical access services, implementing a three-fold base of growth. Through vast professional experience, willingness, and ability to use innovative approaches for difficult jobs, and a
mandate that makes safety the primary responsibility, Scaffold Resource has produced many successful and well-publicized projects.

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