When it comes to ensuring safety at work environment, it is not mere luck or coincidence, but it is the perfect measures taken without compromise to avoid the risks play vital. A major part of it is giving proper training to the workers and administrators and ensuring acceptance and accountability of all involved.
Offering a safe working environment to the employee is the primary goal of the project owners, and it is also the responsibility of each individual to stick to the instructions given and safety standards set, which has to be accomplished through proper safety training.
A few measures to ensure safety
Quality circles and safe working standards are in practice in every industry, but the question is whether everyone takes the initiative to ensure it 100% of times. Some essential measures to be taken in order to ensure workplace safety are like;
- Timely – weekly / monthly project wise or company wide safety meetings.
- Daily job-site talks and orientation on toolbox safety and workplace practices.
- Training materials and constant interactions at all levels by anticipating the job site hazards to always ensure a safe work environment.
- Free training to all employees and contractors.
- Specialized training as needed on case to case basis
When it comes to scaffolding safety training, there are some essential tips to be considered as follows;
- For scaffolding, fall protection is a must if it is above 10 meter from the ground level.
- While installing or dismantling scaffolds, there should be an expert who can determine safe means of fall protection and proper erection and dismantling.
- Each employee who are at work need to be trained on scaffold safety even if all of them don’t directly need to access it.
- Before and after each work shift, a competent person should inspect scaffolding and all its component for any defects or deviations.
- A competent supervisor should always be there in the premises to monitor if there is any dangerous work practices, potential hazards to employees to immediately interfere and cut off the risk.
Some other safety essentials
Some of the common hazards of working with scaffolds include;
- Falls from height with inadequate fall protection
- Scaffold collapsing with improper basement, instability, or due to overload
- Workers being struck by the falling objects or debris.
- Electrocution, most of the cases reported were due to the proximity of the scaffolding to the higher power overhead lines.
All these situations needed to be avoided with a proper site inspection by an expert scaffold erection specialist and the risk of any accident must be eradicated.
An ideal scaffold safety training program should include;
- Explanations about the possible fall hazards, electrical hazards, falling objects hazards at the workplace.
- Detailing about the correct procedures while working at hazardous situations and the usage of protective systems like falling objection protection and personal fall arresting systems etc.
- Proper installation and use of the scaffolds and proper work practices and materials handling on scaffolds etc.
Not just the workers, but the employees who are involved in hauling, erecting, moving, repairing, maintaining, dismantling and inspecting scaffolds also needed to be thoroughly trained to ensure foolproof safety.