Specifically targeted at non-scaffold trades, this guidance will help the user in assuring that all scaffold structures are, and remain fit for use.
This guidance note has been revised to take account of the changes in the Noise at Work Regulations. The erection and dismantling of scaffolding can create quite high levels of noise. The general moving and storage of scaffolding materials can be quite noisy and other related activities such as abrasive wheel cutters, bench mounted circular saws and drills all generate noise levels that could be detrimental to health that may require the employer to provide hearing protection and the employees to use it correctly.
SG4:15 - 'Preventing Falls in Scaffolding Operations' - see's more emphasis on the creation of a 'Safe Zone' by scaffolders covering a variety of safe methods. This revision also see's the removal of the practice of the 'unprotected traversing element' from the tunneling principle.
The purpose of a brickguard is to prevent materials from falling off the working platform of the scaffold where toeboards do not offer sufficient protection. The inclusion or omission of brickguards should be considered when discussing the contract.
The legal requirement for rescue is specified in the ‘Work at Height Regulations 2005’ and require every employer in selecting work equipment for use in work at height to take account of the need for easy and timely evacuation and rescue in an emergency.
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