General Access Scaffolding Safety 

Gravity remains the leading killer on general access scaffolding. Still, it doesn’t keep hardworking construction professionals from going up day after day, helping new buildings sprout up. It does however, make them take special safety steps and develop a safe mindset. Some of the safety measures are required by law while others are just the direct result of professional responsibility. General access scaffolding is used for a variety of functions from installing and painting to guttering and replacing, and the professionals have to be very careful with each task.  

Using the Right Equipment

The type of equipment used for the project requiring general access scaffolding is important. Before starting work, the professionals are crystal clear about project requirements and their implications on the type of equipment being used. They consider all the tasks include in the work, the duration of the work and the specific location(s) as well. ‘Up there’ are a lot of places where the work is done. Their training tells them to resist the urge to overuse ladders which is primarily a means to get to the place of work, and not the place to work itself. This brings in the use of general access scaffolding as a proper working platform.  

Using Ladders Properly

As mentioned earlier, ladders are essentially a means to get to a place of work platform and not to be used as a platform itself, at least not for anything more than a few minutes. Even using the ladders as a passage warrants the utmost care and safety considerations. Professional construction workers take great care while using ladders up on the general access scaffold. They make sure that the ladders are robust by frequently examining them for possible faults. The workers also tie a rope to keep the ladder from slipping.

Inspecting the Scaffold

It must always be remembered that designing and building a scaffold is a job for professionals and anyone charged with building a scaffold that will be more than twelve foot high must be the holder of the relevant and specific training and competency certificate. 

Once the scaffold skeleton has been completed than all that remains is to add the planks of wood that the workers will need to walk on. The planks will be of a standard length to match the frames and should be no less than two and a half inches deep and no more than three inches.

In the case of a building under construction as a new story is added then another story of scaffold can be built simultaneously. If a proper plan has been put into place and all the right materials used, it should be a very simple task indeed.  

Working Safely on the Scaffold

Once they are up there, the workers have to be very careful with their movements. They don’t move handrails or boards to access different areas of the general access scaffold and (ideally) never work on scaffolds that are not completely boarded. When working, they don’t overreach. If they have to work form a ladder, they ensure that it is of adequate length and is positioned appropriately. 

A lot rides on the level of safety that the professional construction workers maintain on general access scaffolding. Responsible scaffolding vendors also help the workers work in as safe an environment as possible.  
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