Scaffolding Safety Tips For DIY Home Renovators

3 December 2021
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A scaffold is an essential element of your home renovation project. If you are not an experienced scaffolder, how do you ensure safety when using the scaffold? Read this guide for some scaffold safety tips. 

Choose The Right Scaffolding

It would be tempting to choose a specific scaffold if you saw used in an online tutorial or a similar renovation project. However, this approach is flawed since each project has its unique needs. Start by asking yourself where you intend to use the equipment, the maximum weight the scaffold will bear, where you will place the scaffolding and whether you plan to pin the scaffold to a wall. Below are some of the scaffolds you will find on hire: 

  • A single or double scaffolding is designed for construction works. Typically, it grows as the building rises.
  • A cantilever scaffolding is similar to single scaffolding. However, it is pinned to the building as opposed to the ground.
  • Suspended scaffolds hang from the top of the building. Typically, they are smaller than single, double, or cantilever scaffolds. Use this scaffold for renovation, window cleaning, painting, or electrical works.
  • Trestle scaffolds are ideal for indoor use. They rise several meters above the ground, have a small platform and are mobile.  

Inspect The Scaffold

Visit the company premises and inspect the scaffold you need. Scaffold inspections are straightforward. Typically, you should examine the platform, ladders, putlogs and couplers. Besides, look out for bends and signs of welding. You could also use the scaffold's inspection records to know its condition and the repairs conducted in the recent past. 

On-Site Safety 

Ask the hiring company to provide you with the scaffold's installation manual. If you think you cannot install the equipment, you could ask the company to deploy a scaffolder to your site. The professional will install and disassemble the scaffold. 

You risk severe injuries if you fall off the scaffold or if the equipment collapses at your premises. Therefore, prioritise safety when using the scaffolding. For instance, you should install it on a stable and rigid surface. Besides, do not overload the scaffold. Use the ladders to climb the scaffold and avoid working too close to the edges. Inspect the scaffolding regularly to ensure it does not have any defects. Finally, do not use the equipment during a storm. 

Scaffold safety tips for DIY home renovators include choosing a suitable scaffold, inspecting the equipment and observing onsite safety.