safety when working on a scaffold or mobile scaffold!

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Before working on a scaffold or a mobile scaffold there are procedures to be followed that will be explained to you. We guarantee that this will help you in your future audits while working on a scaffold or mobile scaffold. Scaffolds are there to make the job easier for the employees to work on heights and the best part is that there can be more than one employee working on the scaffold. Always make sure that the correct PPE is worn and training was given to all employees for example: Risk assessment on working on scaffold and training for working at heights was given on all the employees and Certificate for training at heights is available. Here is some information to help you in the future audits!

There must be appointments signed off by Management or the Construction manager CR 8(1)
Appointments to be in place with Competency (valid certificate):

Scaffold Supervisor
Scaffold Team Leader
Scaffold Erector
Scaffold Inspector

Inspections on scaffolds and or mobile scaffolds must be done on a weekly basis, after inclement weather and after alterations.
Inspections on a Scaffold: Always make sure that the foundation is firm and stable and that the height to base ratio is correct. The bracing on the scaffold is adequate and secured. The Platform boards is in good condition and in working condition. The scaffold stairs is provided as well as the handrails but always make sure that the handrails is in the correct height. Around the scaffold must be clear of materials and rubble and safety signs to place on the scaffold to notify employees that the scaffold is safe to use or unsafe to use.
Inspections on Mobile Scaffold: Is the same as above but there are more to be kept in mind as a normal scaffold. Make sure that the mobile scaffold wheels and swivels is in good condition and that the brakes is fit and functional. Make sure that the outriggers on the mobile scaffold is spread and positioned correctly

The importance of Personal Protective Equipment known as PPE!

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Personal Protective Equipment is the last resort in a worst case scenario but is also important to use the correct PPE for the correct job. It is required that each employee sighed off that they have receive the “correct PPE” for the job they must do also signed off a attendance register that they have receive training on how to use the PPE and to keep it in good condition. The Safety Representative or Safety Officer must make sure that in every working area that the correct PPE should be worn for examples the PPE safety Signs and to be visible for all employees and visitors. If the employee does not wear the PPE as required to, they must leave the working area immediately.

The benefits of wearing PPE:

Helps the employees to work safe.
It reduces the risks for injuries.
Prevents delays due to stop working because of a injured employee.
Helps the Company with better growth due to satisfied consultants.
Other Companies will be affected by your Company.

Keep in mind this can help you in audits:

Every Employee must attend and signed off that they do understand the meaning of wearing PPE and how to use the PPE.
Every employee must keep their PPE in good condition.
Regular checks must be done on the PPE on each Employee.
Every employee did receive an acknowlede that they will wear and use the PPE.

The “DO” and “DON’T DO” Of Manual Lifting

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Don’t be a hero to show your teammates that you are strong enough to pick up heavy equipment alone because picking up heavy equipment can leave a big strain on your body’s muscles and joints that can give permanent problems for the future.

The below picture will show you what to do and not to do when manual lifting is performed.

Rather ask for help even if the object isn’t heavy than doing it by yourself and hurt yourself because you were too proud to ask for help.

Remember safety comes first

Hand Tools - Everyday Working Equipment

Unfortunately Hand Tools are an everyday working equipment and due to that it is very important to keep the tools clean and in working condition to avoid small injuries on the employees.

Hand Tools are also one of the biggest problems in every company because it is small and easy to steal for scrap metal or selling it. It is very important to have a register that keep records of all the Hand Tools on site to avoid stealing of equipment and exchange the newer equipment with old equipment (usually the employees bring their own old equipment and replace it with the companies equipment).

Do Not Do:

Don’t keep the old un-useful Hand Tools on site, Stores etc.
Do not try to fix Hand Tools and avoid “Self-made tools”.
Do not leave the Hand Tools in open areas.

What to do:

Use the correct Hand Tools for the job.
Check if the Hand Tools is in working condition.
Put away the Hand Tools when done using (Clean the Hand Tools if necessary).

Drinking Water

Every employer shall provide drinking water to all his employees in the workplace and or construction site to keep the employees healthy. Here is fun facts that can occur when the employees drink unhealthy water at the workshop and or construction site.

FACT

Waterborne diseases are caused by drinking contaminated or dirty water. Contaminated water can cause many types of diarrheal diseases, including Cholera, and other serious illnesses such as Guinea worm disease, Typhoid, and Dysentery. Water related diseases cause 3.4 million deaths each year.

All containers shall be legibly marked “DRINKING WATER” and used for no other purpose. The areas where the water containers is must be kept clean as well as the surroundings among the water containers. Water filters can reduce/remove the bacteria and pathogens that contaminate water to decrease the incidence of waterborne diseases.