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According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), falls from height accounted for 40% of fatal workplace accidents in 2018/19. Most of these accidents were in the construction industry, highlighting the importance of safety when working at height. We’re going to assess some of the different hazards that scaffolders face, and look at ways you can stay safe on site.

 

The Weather

RidgeGear 5m Fall Arrest Block

In the UK, the weather is often unpredictable and of course, beyond our control! Despite this, it’s important that site managers prepare for potential wind, rain, snow, ice and any other adverse weather that might present itself.

As all of these weather conditions can impact scaffolding structures, inspections should be carried out more frequently when they occur. If the weather gets too extreme, then work should be suspended until conditions improve. Fall Arrest Blocks are essential all year round, but are even more important during the colder months as slips and trips are more likely to occur.

 

Falling Debris

George Roberts Flame Retardant Scaffold Debris Netting

Falling debris is another hazard when working at height. Whether it’s a worker dropping tools or loose bricks flying off the scaffolding platform, it is important that this debris is caught and secured. Our Flame Retardant Scaffold Debris Netting is designed to prevent debris from falling into or outside of the scaffold structure—it really is an on-site essential.

 

Stability of Working Platform

A scaffolder lifting a laminated scaffold board

Just a few months ago, there was a scaffold collapse in South Liverpool, leaving the structure hanging from the edge of the building. Fortunately no one was injured during the collapse, but it just goes to show the importance of regular inspections and the use of high-quality equipment. Our Laminated Scaffold Boards feature unrivalled rigidity, stability and strength – paired with our wide range of couplers, they can help maintain the structural integrity of your working platform.

 

Poor Edge Protection

Combisafe Temporary Edge Protection System

If your site doesn’t have an effective edge protection system in place, you and your fellow workers could be at risk of potentially fatal falls. The Combisafe Temporary Edge Protection System is designed to fit steel and concrete work structures, and is a forerunner in the edge protection worldwide. The adjustable structure is lightweight, versatile and features  maximum strength and durability.

 

Be Prepared with George Roberts

Of course, there are other hazards associated with working at height, but we hope this has given you some insight into the importance of on-site safety.

If you want to see our full range of scaffold safety tools, take a look at our online shop. Alternatively, browse our corporate site if you’re looking to hire or purchase high-quality scaffold equipment.