Scaffold Safety

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An estimated 2.3 million construction workers, or 65 percent of the construction industry, work on scaffolds. This course aims to protect workers from scaffold-related accidents such as support giving way, or the employee slipping or being struck by a falling object.

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  1. Types of Scaffolds
  2. Access & Use
  3. Capacity
  4. Birdcage Scaffolding
  5. Ladder Beams

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Types of Scaffolds

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Scaffold Safety Course - Lesson Excerpt

What is Scaffolding?

Types of Scaffolds

Scaffolding is a temporary structure in the form of a timber or steel framework over which the workmen can sit and carry on the construction work.

Types of Scaffolds

Scaffolding is needed for the **new construction, repairs of structure **or even demolition of a building.

Types of Scaffolds

Scaffolding is generally needed when the height of the structural member (wall, column, etc.) is greater than 1.5m.

Types of Scaffolds

Access & Use

Scaffold Safety Course - Lesson Excerpt

Access Requirements

Access & Use

Employers must provide access when the scaffold platforms are more than 2 feet (0.6 meters) above or below a point of access.

Access & Use

Direct access is acceptable when the scaffold is NOT more than 14 inches (36 centimeters) horizontally and NOT more than 24 inches (61centimeters) vertically from the other surfaces.

Access & Use

Steps and rungs of ladder and stairway type access shall line up vertically with each other between rest platforms.

Access & Use

The OSHA standard strictly prohibits the use of crossbraces as a means of access.

Access & Use

The OSHA standard strictly prohibits shore and lean-to scaffolds

Access & Use

Employees are also prohibited from working on scaffolds prior to removing snow, ice, or other slippery materials on it's surface.

Access & Use

The OSHA standard for the specific distance clearance between scaffolds and powerlines must be strictly followed

Access & Use

Scaffolds and scaffold components shall be inspected for visible defects before each work shift, and after any occurrence which could affect a scaffold's structural integrity.

Access & Use

Any part of a scaffold damaged or weakened shall be immediately repaired, replaced, or removed from service until issue has been fixed.

Access & Use

Guidelines for Use Never load scaffolds and it's components beyond their rated and maximum capacities. Do not move scaffolds when employees are on them. Maintain a safe distance from energized power lines Do not work on scaffolds until snow, ice and other materials that could cause slipping and falls are removed Protect suspension ropes from contact with sources of heat (welding, cutting, etc.) and from acids and other corrosive substances. Do not use scaffolds during storms and high winds. Remove debris and unnecessary materials from scaffold platforms. Never use ladders and other devices to increase working heights on platforms

Capacity

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Capacity

Capacity

Scaffolding is as much a necessity as it is a requirement when it comes to most types of construction.

Capacity

Overloaded scaffolding is more often than not the most frequent cause of accidents involving scaffolding.

Capacity

Scaffolds and scaffold components must **support its own weight **and at least 4 times the maximum intended load.

Capacity

Birdcage Scaffolding

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Birdcage Scaffolding are useful for a variety of different interior and exterior works, from maintenance to deep cleaning and even construction

Birdcage Scaffolding

Birdcage scaffold also known as an independent scaffold, consists of more than two rows of poles (standards) in both directions connected by ledgers and transoms to give access and carry out various work

Birdcage Scaffolding

One of the most practical and commonly used types of scaffold, birdcage scaffolds are almost always fully enclosed so workmen are protected from falls

Birdcage Scaffolding

Birdcage scaffolding is designed to **access ceilings **and exterior areas which are only a floor high and is essential for a wide range of different work types such as light fixing, ceiling painting and access to ventilation points.

Birdcage Scaffolding

Advantages of Using Birdcage Scaffolds Fall prevention working platforms Improves accessibility & productivity Easy to install Scaffolding poles and pipes are light weight and portable Installation and dismantling is simple and quick Materials are rustproof and is resistant to corrosion

Only use birdcage scaffold to support formwork if it has been specifically designed for this purpose.

Birdcage Scaffolding

Use longitudinal bracing or a tied face at every third longitudinal row of standards.

Birdcage Scaffolding

Brace the outside row of standards on each face and each third row internally with longitudinal bracing.

Birdcage Scaffolding

Use transverse bracing at every fourth bay on the ends of the scaffold.

Birdcage Scaffolding

Use elevating work platforms to assist with erecting or dismantling birdcage scaffolds.

Birdcage Scaffolding

Ladder Beams

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Ladder Beam are widely used in scaffolding related activities

Ladder Beams

Ladder Beams are used where clear span is required in scaffolding or where greater strength is required in the horizontal members.

Ladder Beams

Since the beam is in a ladder form, they are suitable for carrying light loads and weights and are available in varying length and width.

Ladder Beams

**Strength ** Ladder beam strength increases with increasing characteristic length, aggregate volume, aggregate roughness, aggregate stiffness and decreasing bond thickness and beam height.

Ladder Beams

Span The span of a ladder beam is dependent on a few variables: the materials used, size and the load it carries.

Ladder Beams

Anticipated Load Define the nature and magnitude of hazards or external forces that a ladder beam must resist to provide safe and reliable access.

Ladder Beams

Permissible Strength & Compatibility Ladder Beams are designed to safely support only a certain amount of load and as such can only accommodate as much force as is designed.

Ladder Beams

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