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Scaffolding Safety Basics: The AGC Guide

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There’re all sorts of reasons you may need scaffolding. Working at heights can be done to a great degree of accuracy and safety via scaffolding, it used in architectural construction and maintenance, as a walkway or access ramp and it is even often used as hand rails and safety measures. The truly malleable extent to which the construction of scaffolding can make life easier for us all in a whole range of capacity means of course that it is used frequently all over the world. Here at AGC Scaffolding, we’re sticklers for detail, quality and accuracy and that wouldn’t be possible if we didn’t place as much precedence on safety as we do on each of those elements. That in mind, here are our scaffolding safety basics!

Making the preliminary checks is always hugely important and an absolutely must when erecting scaffolding on any site.

  • Check the ground conditions for a firm and stable foundation.
  • Check the forecasted weather conditions, as scaffolding should be avoided in high intensities of wind, rain and snow.
  • Make a construction plan and stick to it, so everybody knows what’s going where all the time.
  • Ensure planking meets safety standards and no gaps larger than 25mm are present.
  • Test the strength of the scaffolding and ensure it is able to take four times its intended load.
  • When working with scaffolding above 3 metres in height, provide hand rails and fall protection for all personnel.

These basic steps will keep you safe, though of course, we’ve only touched the tip of the iceberg when it comes to health and safety on scaffolding. Our hire service supplies you with all the components you need to get set up, whilst our experienced and safety-focused installers can get the job done for you expertly, quickly and efficiently. Simply give us a call today and we’ll explain exactly how we can help!


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