Unsafe Scaffolding

Scaffolding outside a nearby building is the type of occurrence that you do not take much notice of because you expect it to be safe and that it will be only temporary and have gone in a couple of weeks.A�However, scaffolding is involved in many different types of accidents, sometimes resulting in fatal injuries.

The company that erects and dismantles the scaffolding has a legal duty to manage risk to the public.A� A risk assessment must be carried out to identify the hazards and then the safety measures that are needed to protect the public.A� For example, the risk assessment must consider whether safety barriers are needed at ground level to prevent people from walking into the scaffolding or work area, whether there will be uneven surfaces or trip or slip hazards, that scaffold components do not project where there is a risk to people, and adequate lighting at night.A� Scaffolding is an attraction to children and if they are likely to be playing near the scaffolding it will be necessary to enclose the base of the scaffolding to prevent access.

If at some time you are doing refurbishment or building work and need scaffolding it is important to use a competent scaffolding company.A�A starting point in choosing a good scaffolding firm is to ask whether the scaffolders use the Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme (CISRS) that provides training for men working in scaffolding.A�A man working as a scaffolder will have his own personal CISRS identification card as proof that he has undergone the CISRS training.

More information on the website www.cisrs.org.uk