Scaffoldingis a peculiar piece of building equipment. Residential Scaffolding is effectively a building site that is completely open to the public. People will walk around it and under it all day and (in London) all night long. As such, there are some very specific health and safety requirements that must be met by a scaffolding London company.
Clearly, the first and most important thing about any scaffold is that it should be well put together, with all pieces of the scaffold properly linked, bolted and secured in place. So the first order of the day in a safety guide for scaffolding in London is this: make sure that every pipe and every join is completely serviced, totally safe and in no way deformed or bent. Make sure all joins and all joining bolts are in good working order and that there is no danger of any part of the scaffolding London’s fixtures or fittings from shearing or coming loose.
The second initial element in scaffold health and safety is visibility. When putting up a residential scaffolding job in London, you must be aware of both foot and motorised traffic. People have to be able to see that there is a scaffold in place. There must be adequately protected provision for people who would normally walk where a scaffolding solution has been erected, to go along similar routes without encountering danger either from road traffic or from falling debris inside the scaffolding site. The good scaffolding London company will ensure that a road route around its scaffold is very safely marked and sectioned off from vehicles. Be aware, too, that vehicles on the road can strike the base poles of scaffolding installations. Make sure that any part of your residential scaffolding that could be hit by a vehicle is clearly marked with bright coloured indicators. You may wish to affix flashing lights to the corner pieces of the scaffold, and along the road facing sides at regular intervals.
Waste disposal from a scaffolding London installation is another area where both visibility and awareness must come into play. Pedestrians are not equipped with any form of PPE – so any waste chute should be kept well away from pedestrian thoroughfares, where possible, and should also be as brightly coloured as possible to make sure all workers are aware of its exact location.
Personal protective equipment should be worn by all professionals and employees connected with the residential scaffolding installation, plus any official visitors to the site. All employees need to be trained in every aspect of work related health and safety, to ensure that all parts of the Scaffolding London job are completed with as much dispatch and as little risk as is humanly possible.
As with all building jobs, common sense should prevail at all times. If something feels a little bit too heavy to lift alone – don’t lift it alone. A scaffold pole is a dangerous thing, should you drop it from a second storey walk way. So make sure that everyone involved in putting up a scaffolding job in London is trained to work within his or her limits, too.