Wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) when using a scaffold. If required by local legislation, that may include fall protection equipment.
Ensure that all workers are properly trained in safe work practices regarding scaffolding, in addition to acquiring the required training for working at heights.
Check local legislation prior to using scaffolding – chances are, you’ll be required to install guardrails along all open sides and ends to ensure worker safety.
Install All Components
Be sure to install all components when erecting a scaffold. Failure to do so could result in a less stable (and therefore less safe) structure.
Watch for OHPL
Prior to moving any scaffolds, always check for overhead power lines (OHPL). Ensure that the scaffold stays the minimum safe distance away from energized power lines.
Choose the right system
When selecting scaffolding, be sure to consider the weight of everything that will be carried by the scaffold, including workers, materials, tools, and equipment.
Practice Good Housekeeping
This one may seem simple, but it’s extremely important. Keeping the platform free from debris and obstructions reduces the risk of tripping and falling.