Mobile Scaffolding Safety by 0wAQ9jf

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									Mobile Scaffolding Safety
     What is a Mobile Scaffold?

OSHA currently defines a mobile scaffold
as:
        A powered or unpowered,
    portable, caster- or wheel mounted
           supported scaffold.
What it looks like
                        Uses?
A mobile scaffold suitable for use in working at elevated
positions on the outside or inside structure of buildings


Common uses include:


                •Painting
                •Finishes
                •Electrical work
                •Drywall work
                •Multiple other uses
Common Dangers Involved




            •Falling Off
       •Scaffold Tipping Over
         •Unsecured Wheels
         •Unsecured Surface
   •Struck-by accidents from above
                   Cases
• After reviewing the OSHA statistics from
  1991-2004

you find:

• 70 cases involving fatalities
• Majority occurring from falls, tipping, or
  struck-by accidents
                    Misuse?
• Industry also cites that 29% of scaffold-
  related accidents occur because of improper
  use of a scaffold.

                       Ask?

• If the scaffold is not set-up completely and
  correctly how will it perform safely and
  efficiently?
              “Best Practices”
    Some best practices that could have prevented
    these accidents would be:


• Always use guardrails
• Evaluate all aspects when moving a scaffold
  including ground conditions
• Check that the scaffold is properly pinned, locked
  and secure
• Know your surroundings and watch for hazards
  above such as power lines
      More Safety Procedures
       or “Best Practices”
• Comply with all OSHA regulations
• Inspection by competent person before each
  work shift
• Once again always use fall protection
  including guardrails and/or personal safety
  lines
                  OSHA
The requirements for mobile scaffolds
can be found in OSHA Subpart L:

    • The scaffold must be erected with
    cross, horizontal, or diagonal braces,
               or combination
1926.452(w), titled "Mobile Scaffolds."

• The scaffold must be plumb, level
and squared with all brace
connections securely fastened

• The scaffold casters must have
positive wheel and swivel locks
                  OSHA
• The manual force used to move the
  scaffold must be applied as close
  to the base as possible, but not
  more than 5 feet above the
  supporting surface.               5’
1926.452(w), titled "Mobile Scaffolds."

• Before a scaffold is moved, each employee
  on the scaffold shall be made aware of the
  move
                  OSHA
• Caster and wheel stems shall be
  pinned or otherwise secured in
  scaffold legs or adjustment screws.
Try to make safety a culture on your site and
             never afterthought

								
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