Friday, May 25, 2012

Thoughts on Scaffolding Safety

In a recent article penned by my friend and colleague Gareth Roberts, he drew attention to a safety aspect to scaffolding I had never considered.

Gareth pointed out that when working with tools and power tools on a stable platform, you are less likely to be distracted by thoughts of falling. On poorly erected scaffolding, your concentration instinctively shifts away from the tools you are working with because maintaining your balance is given first priority.

Since you are no longer 100% focused on what’s happening with your hands, the risk of a mishap involving the tools increases significantly. 

It is evident that in addition to fall protection, there are a number of other facets to scaffold safety that has to be taken into consideration.

For more information on scaffold safety, I recommend you read the following two articles published on 

Logic of Safe Scaffolding

Scaffolding Safety

Ernest Roper
Regional Manager Durban


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