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Scaffolding Safety On The Job – HD Supply White Cap

Concrete repair is one of the fastest growing segments in the construction industry. Some experts believe this market will top $21 billion annually in a few years. Concrete contractors are understandably drawn to this market because many of their core skills apply, making it a big opportunity. But there’s one area of expertise they may not have.
Repair contractors frequently work in a vertical orientation or overhead on tasks that require using heavy tools from elevated surfaces. And many of the techniques used are multi-stepped. These projects are typically fast-tracked and involve a minimum of workers in remote settings. Often, in these types of job settings (like inspecting and repairing beams, columns and double tees in parking decks) the use of mobile scaffolds is essential.

Mobile scaffolds are configured in many ways to match jobsite conditions. Designs can be tube and coupler, fabricated frame or modular and can be supported by casters or wheels. They can also be powered or unpowered. The most common type of mobile scaffold used is a single bay supported scaffold tower with casters.
It’s important to understand that scaffolding of any kind draws greater attention from inspectors. In 2016, OSHA issued more than 3,200 citations for contractor violations of the scaffolding standard, 1926.451. It was the year’s third most commonly assessed violation.
That means it’s critical for contractors to develop operational plans that include access equipment to perform repairs safely when scaffolds are involved. But a solid fall protection program for mobile scaffolds involves more than just adding a few ladders to a worker’s truck. It must conform to the same requirements that cover stationary scaffolds – with one big difference – repair contractors typically erect their own mobile scaffolds.
Whatever scaffold type is chosen, a competent person must conduct a thorough job safety analysis for tasks to be performed. And the focus should be on three key areas:  (1) setting up the project workplace, (2) inspecting the mobile scaffold before work begins and (3) considering how employees will use it to perform tasks. When contractors need to develop these programs, contacting their White Cap Account Manager to get the lowdown on some available safety resources is a good place to start.
Whether the repair contractor owns or rents their mobile scaffold, the crew will need to thoroughly inspect it before use. Their inspection must find that all components are complete, functioning properly and correctly assembled. Some key inspection points are:
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Here are some common safety suggestions that could be included in the worksite’s Job Safety Analysis document.

The last 10 years of Randy’s diverse 35 year career in communications have focused on the construction industry. The White Cap Resource Center is a product of his passion for developing relevant, informative content that gives pro contractors a competitive advantage.
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I love how you mentioned that one should inspect the scaffolding and equipment before it is used, as this will help catch problems that may cause accidents. My uncle does a lot of construction work, so these tips could really help him stay safe. Thanks for all the great safety tips for construction equipment and scaffolding.
You’re welcome Bethany! “Helping” is our middle name. Or “Safety” . Hmm. Looks like we have two middle names :c)
I had never considered the fact that scaffolding draws the attention of inspectors more than anything else. My brother and his friends recently started their own construction business that specializes in renovating older commercial businesses. They want to expand their business, so it may be good for them to find somewhere they can rent scaffolding for bigger projects.
It’s good to know that a scaffold has to be built with braces to make a rigid structure. My brother needs some scaffolding for a project that he’s working on, but he’s unsure of how to build it correctly. I’ll pass this information along to him so that he can safely use his scaffolding.
Keep up the great work! Thank you so much for sharing a great posts.
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