When working on any construction site, especially at height, hazard awareness is crucial for everyone to remain safe and to be able to do their job properly.
If you are utilising scaffolding in your construction project, it is important to remember that it is not only the scaffolding itself which should meet UK safety regulations, but the workers as well.
Anyone working from height on a scaffold system must be fully trained and competent in line with the regulations that are set by the HSE (Health and Safety Executive). This means that workers should – where appropriate, wear the correct PPE (Personal Protective Equipment). If you are erecting scaffolding as part of a commercial business then you need to carefully consider the appropriate PPE and training to keep employees safe and reduce the chance of liability.
Let’s take a look at what this covers when working on scaffolding:
Hard hats / helmets
Workers on any construction sites, especially at height, must always wear a hard hat; this helps to protect against unexpected falling debris and objects which could cause serious injury.
According to the HSE:
“Construction work should be organised to minimise this risk, for example: preventing objects falling by using scaffolds with toe boards and, if necessary, brick guards. But if after organising work to minimise the risk of head injury, the risks still remain, you should: Ensure all workers are provided with, and wear, suitable head protection.”
Any hard hats won should adhere to UK safety regulations; they should fit correctly and be appropriately sized for the individual.
If there is no risk of injury to the head, then hard hats are not required by law. However, on almost all construction sites, despite controls being put in place, there will almost always be situations where a risk of head injury remains.
Protective eyewear should be worn if there is a risk of being exposed to loose/flying material which could damage the eyes. A prime example is where welding is involved.
When working with hazardous chemicals and other substances hand protection should be worn. This is also true for working in extreme heat and cold as well as working with electricity. The gloves should be appropriate to the hazards and conditions faced.
Steel toe cap boots
Protective boots with anti-slip soles must be worn to protect against slipping and any risks from heavy materials on the scaffold.
If you would like advice about the correct safety measures when using scaffolding please feel free to contact us: 07555529456.