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  • Working on Scaffolds Introduction Falls from height account for over 50% of deaths in the construction industry. If you don’t follow the guidance you may end up as a statistic or, at best in hospital. Access • Don’t climb up or down scaffolding tubes- use ladders or stairs provided. • Make sure the ladder is at the correct angle (one unit out to four units up or 75o). • Ensure ladders are tied in at both stiles, not the rungs, and extend a safe distance (at least one metre) above the landing stage. • At the end of work, remove access ladders or board them up to prevent children playing on them or unauthorised personnel accessing scaffolds. Loading • Don’t overload scaffolding, position heavy loads adjacent to the standards as they are the load bearing members, not in the centre of bays. • When stacking materials, always leave a passageway at least two boards wide for other people to pass, or three boards if wheelbarrows are in use. • Ensure materials are stacked correctly and can’t fall. Use brick guards where necessary. • Don’t leave tools or materials lying about on the platform. Hazards • Guard rails and toe boards must be fitted where a person is liable to fall and be injured. • Don’t use incomplete scaffolding. • Don’t remove or interfere with ties, guard rails, bracing, toe boards and ladders. Alterations must only be made by competent persons. • Don’t throw, drop or tip materials from heights. Either lower or dispose of them through a chute. • The gap between toe boards and mid guard rails, and between mid and top guard rails, must not exceed 470mm. Inspection • Carry out a quick visual check at the start of each shift before going on the scaffold. • Report any suspected faults or defects immediately. • Scaffolding should be inspected every 7 days by a competent person and details of the inspection recorded. Questions/ notes 1. What angle should the access ladder be? 2. What should you do if you notice defective scaffolding? 3. What should you consider when loading scaffolding?  

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