Scaffolding is a temporary means of support used by most trades in the Building and other Construction industry and for maintenance and services jobs in operating plants as:
• A means of access;
• A platform to work from and/or to store or support materials; and
• A way to provide protection to persons below.
If any work is required to be undertaken at a location, where there is no built-in access and platform, a need arises to build a framework where worker may position himself, place tools and materials and perform the job. Such situations arise during operation, maintenance, servicing and at many occasions in common life; but during project execution, right from the time of excavation, foundation laying, erection of structures, equipment installation etc, structural support in the form of a stable and strong scaffold is a necessity at most of the places.
Building of the scaffolding systems presents challenge of creation, which are versatile, safe, long-lasting and fast to assemble. One has to find the balance between the price and the quality.
Policy for Safe Scaffold Erection and Use
Safe scaffold erection and use should begin by developing policy and work rules. Policy and work rules should concentrate on:
- Sound design
- Selecting the right scaffold for the job
- Assigning personnel
- Fall protection
- Guidelines for proper erection
- Guidelines for use
- Guidelines for alteration and dismantling
Maintenance and storage When we think of scaffolding management services as a whole, it mainly comprises of Scaffold:-
- Manpower Supplier
- Certified Training
- Inspection & Audit
Particular care for safety of workmen and people around:
Being a purely temporary structure and mostly involving work at height, that too mostly executed by manual labour, all stages of Scaffolding Services such as erection uses, alteration, repair, changeover and even dismantling happens to be highly hazardous. As such, right from the stage of planning, procurement of materials, mobilization of manpower, grooming / preparing / authorizing ‘Responsible Person’ as per statute, erection and upto the final close-up and clearance of work-site, competent, responsible and well-versed team is required to be raised and facilitated to take charge of this important but quite vulnerable service from OHS point of view.
Brief on scaffolding Management services can be concluded with a note of caution for observing requisite safety measures and adopting right way of working at each and easy step-as scaffolding happens to be the main contributor of accidents and mishaps at workplaces in every sector of industries and services.