Last month two workers in Quebec died as a result of a collapsed multi-storey scaffold.
The Construction Safety Association of Manitoba reminds our clients of the importance of scaffold safety to prevent the occurrence of another such serious incident. You can refresh your workers’ knowledge of scaffold basics with our toolbox talk. Here are 10 key items to be aware of when using scaffolding on site.
- Ensure everyone is properly trained
Workers must be trained to assemble/disassemble and work on scaffolding.
- Take the time for prep work
Like with the foundation of a house, it is critical to take the time to ensure the foundation of the scaffolding is built correctly.
- Know the legislated requirements
Follow the CSA standard and do not co-mingle scaffold parts.
- Know and respect the load capacity
Do not overload with people or material.
- Ensure the scaffold is properly secured
If building tie-ins are required, be sure to follow the manufacturer’s procedures.
- Use guardrails and toe-boards
Guardrails, when built to meet legislative requirements, save lives — use them.
- Inspect and maintain
A competent person should inspect scaffolding daily.
- Good housekeeping
Keep decks clear of debris and tripping hazards.
- Keep your balance
Inspect daily to ensure that the scaffold is level and plumb.
- Use appropriate PPE
Wear PPE as required by the task while working and during assembly and disassembly.
If you would like any additional resources or consultation for the hazards on YOUR jobsite, speak to a CSAM safety advisor. Call 204-775-3171 in Winnipeg or 204-728-3456 in Brandon.