Safety

ALUMINUM SCAFFOLDING always delivers Quality Products as per their respective Quality Standards to achieve the goal of giving our customers the Best Services & Quality Product. Aluminum Scaffolding constantly monitoring & reviewing its health & safety standards for a safe work environment for all customers and personnel.

 

 

 

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SAFETY INSTRUCTION for Aluminum Scaffolding  TOWER:-

 

  1. Aluminum Scaffolding TOWER  : ERECTION AND INSPECTION

Only competent persons are permitted to erect and inspect aluminum tower scaffolds. A person is deemed competent only if they have successfully completed a recognized training course on erection and use of mobile aluminum scaffolds within the last three years. A register of competent persons must be maintained by each relevant department.

2.  Aluminum Scaffolding  TOWER ERECTION

2.1 Before Erection of Aluminum Scaffolding TOWER

The competent person must be in possession of the Manufacturers Instruction Manual (MIM) before erection begins. Before using Aluminum Scaffolding TOWER, all components should be checked to see that they are in good condition and are for the same model of Aluminum Scaffolding  TOWER. Check that the ground is firm and level and take any necessary precautions against collision of persons or vehicles e.g. Barriers and/or signage. Castors should be checked to see that in each case the castor housing and Wheels/tyres is not damaged, that the wheel rotates effectively, that the castor Swivel rotates effectively and that the brake functions properly. Adjustable legs should be checked to see that they are not bent, or the threads damaged. All threads should be clean and free from debris. The device fitted to stop the leg falling out of the frame should be checked to see if it is functioning.

Frames should be checked to see that the members are straight and undamaged. They should be free of extraneous material such as concrete. Spigots should be straight and parallel with the axis of the column tube and the device for locking frames together should be checked to see that it is

Functioning correctly. Platforms should be checked to see that they are undamaged and that the

Frames are square and true. Plywood decks should not be split or warped and should be firmly fixed to the frames. Where toe boards incorporate clips or fittings these should be undamaged and firmly fixed to the toe board. Ancillary parts, such as outriggers and stabilizers, should be checked for damage and effective functioning of hooks and couples.

2.2 Aluminum Scaffolding  TOWER: Stability of the tower

Aluminum Scaffolding  TOWER should be erected and used only on ground suitable for the purpose, generally with a surface of concrete, tarmacadam or similar. Where Aluminum Scaffolding TOWER are built on soft, uneven or sloping ground, they should be set on boards or other rigid packing, which will provide a firm foundation.

2.3 Aluminum Scaffolding  TOWER : Never Use Damaged Equipment

Always climb a Aluminum Scaffolding  TOWER on the inside, using the ladder rungs within the frame, and gain access to the platform through the trap door platform. Never climb on the outside of a tower. Each time a mobile tower is relocated it should be re-leveled using the leg adjustment. Each castor should be relocked. When adjustable outriggers are fitted, their sound footing should be checked after each move. Working platforms should be fully and closely boarded. Use guardrails and toe boards on all working platforms. Guard rails should be at least 950mm high and an intermediate guard rail should be provided so the unprotected gap does not exceed 470mm.

2.4 Height

The heights at which a Aluminum Scaffolding TOWER may be used are shown in the MIM and should be strictly adhered to at all times.

2.5 Outriggers or stabilizers

Outriggers or stabilizers increase the effective base dimensions of the Aluminum Scaffolding  TOWER and must always be fitted when higher Aluminum Scaffolding TOWERs are required. These should normally be fitted as soon as the first lift is complete.

2.6 Tying-In

Tying-in is normally achieved with compatible aluminum tube and couplers, but the advice of the suppliers should first be sought. It is a good practice to tie-in Aluminum Scaffolding  TOWER of all heights whenever possible and especially when left unattended or in exposed and windy conditions.

2.7 Wind Loads on the Aluminum Scaffolding  TOWER

Wind imposes a horizontal load on the Aluminum Scaffolding TOWER tending to overturn it. In normal safe working conditions this tendency to overturn is counteracted by the self-weight of the Aluminum Scaffolding TOWER, and the stabilizing effect of the outriggers or stabilizers. Do not erect or use in winds in excess of 17mph (the leaves on the trees will rustle)

2.8 Other Horizontal Loads

Apart From wind loads, other horizontal loads can act on the Aluminum Scaffolding  TOWER. These are mainly caused by the actions of the operatives working on the Aluminum Scaffolding  TOWERs. For example, when using hand tools, such as a drill, pushing on the drill causes equal and opposite force on the Aluminum Scaffolding  TOWER. Such forces should be avoided as much as possible and in no circumstances should they exceed 20kg (44lb) on

Freestanding Aluminum Scaffolding  TOWERs.

2.9 Vertical Loads (Lifting Materials etc)

Any vertical load produced by persons or materials within the area of the working platform, adds to the stability of the Aluminum Scaffolding  TOWER, but any vertical load outside the area of the working platform can be hazardous. For example, heavy materials hoisted with a rope outside the Aluminum Scaffolding  TOWER have a tendency to overturn the Aluminum Scaffolding TOWER, particularly if no outriggers or stabilizers are fitted.

2.10 Safe Loading

The MIM will detail the maximum loads that the Aluminum Scaffolding  TOWER can support. Generally speaking they will state the designed load capacity (DLC) that can be supported on any platform, and the Safe Working Load that can be supported by the complete Aluminum Scaffolding TOWER. It is recommended that a notice be exhibited at the base of the Aluminum Scaffolding TOWER showing the DLC, so that all personnel who use the Aluminum Scaffolding  TOWER are aware of its safe capacity.

2.11 Moving Aluminum Scaffolding  TOWER

Reduce the height of the Aluminum Scaffolding  TOWER to under 4 meters before moving. Check that there are no power lines or other obstructions overhead. Before moving a Aluminum Scaffolding  TOWER unlock the castors, unlock the outrigger castors or reposition stabilizer feet 12mm (0.5 inch) from the ground. Check that the area where the Aluminum Scaffolding  TOWER is being moved to is firm and level. When moving the Aluminum Scaffolding  TOWER, push or pull at the base only. Move the Aluminum Scaffolding  TOWER by manual effort at ground level only (never used powered

vehicles). No personnel or tools and equipment should be on the Aluminum Scaffolding  TOWER if it is in motion. Once in position lock all wheels and reposition outriggers before use.

3. INSPECTION

For Inspection use the ‘Scafftag’ to evaluate erection and inspection procedure. This should be used for all Aluminum Scaffolding  TOWER scaffolds erected by competent certified persons. If a Aluminum Scaffolding  TOWER is in position for 7 days or more, it must be inspected by a competent person.

3.1 Before Use of Aluminum Scaffolding  TOWER

After a Aluminum Scaffolding  TOWER has been erected, an inspection must be undertaken by a competent person prior to use. An inspection should also be undertaken if there are any substantial additions, dismantling or alterations. The inspection should include the following:

• Check that it is vertical and square and that the horizontal braces and platforms are level.

• Check outriggers or stabilizers are correctly positioned and secured.

• Check that all base plates or castor wheels are fully in contact with the ground, including those on stabilizers or outriggers. All castors should be properly locked.

• Check that all the spigot and socket joint locks holding the frames together are secured.

• Check that all bracing members have been located exactly in accordance with the supplier’s instructions.

• Check that all guardrails and toe boards are in position as required.

• Check that all access stairways and ladders are in position and are firmly located.

• Never use the Aluminum Scaffolding  TOWER in the vicinity of live electrical apparatus or near unguarded machinery.

• Ensure that any holes, ducts, pits or gratings are securely covered.

3.2 During Use of Aluminum Scaffolding  TOWER

During use, the Aluminum Scaffolding  TOWER should be kept in good order. Should parts become damaged they should be replaced before the Aluminum Scaffolding  TOWER is used again.

4. HAZARDS

Accidents are normally the results of carelessness or failure to observe good working practice. With aluminum alloy Aluminum Scaffolding  TOWERs, accidents can be caused by:

• Height being too great relative to the effective base dimension.

• Failure to use outriggers or stabilizers when required.

• Aluminum Scaffolding  TOWER being used on or moved on sloping, uneven or obstructed surfaces without attention to vertical alignment and stability.

• Using a Aluminum Scaffolding  TOWER, which is not vertical.

• Aluminum Scaffolding TOWERs not being tied to building or adjacent structure when they should be.

• Moving the Aluminum Scaffolding  TOWER carelessly – pulling it along at working platform level.

• Not ensuring ground is clear of obstruction, potholes, ducts etc.

• Not ensuring Aluminum Scaffolding  TOWER is clear of overhead obstructions.

• Bracing members not being fitted in accordance with instructions.

• Guardrails or toe boards not being fitted allowing men or materials to fall from the working platform.

• Using the Aluminum Scaffolding  TOWER in adverse weather conditions.

• Using a mobile Aluminum Scaffolding  TOWER when the castor wheels have not been locked.

• Exceeding the Safe Working Load.