- What kind of training is required to erect a scaffold?
- You probably know that if your company's erecting scaffolding it must comply with construction regulations. But do you know what the law says about the type of training required to erect a scaffold? Read on to find out....
If you're not sure of what the law says about training that's needed to erect a scaffold, the Health & Safety Advisor has got you covered.
Here's what the law says about... ››› more
- [10 January 2017]
- Your 14 step checklist for safe erection of scaffolding
- If you don't take steps to keep your employees safe when they work with scaffolding, you could be fined R50 000, spend a year in jail or both. Don't take that risk! Use this 14 step checklist to put up your scaffolding safely.
If your employees work at heights of 1.5m or higher, make sure the equipment they use is safe for them and the work they carry out.
Here's what you must do to put up ... ››› more
- [03 January 2017]
- Scaffolding accident adds to Eskom's load-shedding woes! Make sure your employees follow these 14 safety rules when using scaffolding
- As if Eskom doesn't have its hands full with all the power problems, a scaffolding accident is worsening the crisis.
Last week, one unit at the Koeberg nuclear power station went down. The Star newspaper is now reporting employees were doing routine maintenance at the plant when the incorrect positioning of scaffolding caused an accident and tripped the reactor.
The unit will be offline for... ››› more
- [11 February 2015]
- If your site contains scaffolding, these are the risks you need to look out for
- Construction sites are always scattered with scaffolding. It's the easiest and safest way to enable your employees to work at heights.
But this construction site staple comes with its own hazards and risks. Even though scaffolding is safer than using ladders, it can be the reason for a number of fatal accidents.
So when you do a risk assessment on your construction site ensure your look out... ››› more
- [13 August 2014]
- Warning: If your company isn't up to speed on the legal requirements for working at heights you're asking for trouble
- If your employees work at heights, they could be in danger. That's why there are safety regulations for this situation. If your company isn't up to speed on these regulations, it could be in danger of DoL fines.
These regulations aren't complicated. You basically need to do a risk assessment to identify the falling hazards. Then you must create a plan of action to protect your employees from th... ››› more
- [09 July 2014]
- Should you be concerned about the scaffolding your contractor is using?
- When it comes to working at heights, incorrect scaffolding is the biggest culprit behind falls. This because scaffolding that hasn't been put up correctly can topple over.
This problem becomes an even bigger risk when you hire outside contractors who need to work at heights for you such as window cleaners. Because they may not have had the formal training to put up the scaffolding securely, you... ››› more
- [09 July 2014]
- If employees work with scaffolding, make sure you have a fall protection plan
- Just yesterday, two men were injured; one of them critically, when they fell from scaffolding in the Tongaat CBD, News24 reports. Proof that if your workers use scaffolding, you need to have a fall protection plan in place... In the report, Netcare 911 spokesperson Chris Botha says 'the men were working when they fell several metres and landed on an elevated area. Paramedics and firemen immobilise... ››› more
- [18 February 2014]
- Do you know the ten essential items for scaffolding?
- Many employers make the mistake of not using the correct equipment when putting up scaffolding. And sadly, this mistake usually results in injuries or even death. Make sure this isn't the case in your company. Read on to discover the ten essential items for scaffolding so you can build your scaffold properly.
It's important that you use the correct scaffold equipment. Doing this ensures the sca... ››› more
- [21 January 2014]
- How to ensure your contractor is using scaffolding correctly
- If your employees work with scaffolding, you must take steps to keep them safe. But does this apply to contractors who have to use scaffolding in your workplace? Read on to find out...
Let's say you have a contractor coming in to put signage up on your building. And he has to use scaffolding to do this.
The big question is: How do you ensure your contractor complies with the legal requireme... ››› more
- [29 October 2013]
- Do your employees work on scaffolding? If so, here are your nine legal duties
- If your employees work with scaffolding, you must take steps to keep them safe. Failure to do this could result in accidents as well as hefty fines and even jail time. So make sure you stay on the right side of the Occupational Health and Safety Act. Comply with these nine legal duties....
The OHSA requires you to stick to these nine duties if your employees work on scaffolding.
Nine dutie... ››› more
- [04 September 2013]