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Scaffolding Safety Precautions New Zealand

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At Scaff It Up – Residential Scaffolding Hire North Shore, we take pride in taking scaffolding safety precautions seriously and have strict measures in place when erecting, moving or dismantling our scaffolding.

Whether your are erecting scaffolding yourself (max height 5 metres) or having professionals install scaffolding for you, following are some helpful hints and tips when considering scaffolding safety precautions in New Zealand

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What are the scaffolding safety precautions to consider in New Zealand?

When erecting scaffolding or evaluating a safe site to erect your scaffold you need to put the correct scaffolding safety precautions in place to help minimise any risk. 

  • Identify any obvious hazards on your site which could injure or harm anyone before the scaffolding is erected and the work commences.
  • Take steps to minimise any risk these hazards create

Hazards to consider could be where a person could fall, a falling object, live power lines or hazardous materials.

It is best practise to inspect the worksite and evaluate any areas where someone could get injured by scaffolding activities. Also take into consideration hazards that could be created by other trades or people on the work site.

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What risks do I need to look out for when putting up scaffolding?

When erecting scaffolding you always need to ensure the ground you are working on is free from debri, is solid and as close to level as possible. Risks related to scaffolding incidents generally involve falls, collapse of the structure, equipment falling from the structure or wind moving or blowing the structure over.

What is involved in a scaffolding job safety analysis (JSA)?

You can use a job safety analysis (JSA) or task analysis (TA) to identify risks. 

Simply identify hazards by physical inspection. Inspect the worksite where your scaffold is to be erected and assess
where someone could get injured when installing, moving or dismantling scaffolding. Hazards my arise at different stages of the work plan so keep that in mind. A hazard when dismantling may not be present when erecting for example.

Other trades or visitors to the site can also be included in your risk assessment as their actions may cause hazards which you are not aware of.

Can I erect my own Scaffolding?

Yes you can, up to a height of 5.0 metres. You should be competent and ensure you follow the scaffold manufacturers instructions when erecting, moving or dismantling the scaffold.

If your scaffold is higher than 5.0 metres a trained, ticketed scaffolder is required to erect your scaffolding.

How can I check my scaffold is safe?

Firstly, ensure all components of your scaffolding are not damaged or cracked and that they work as they should. Make sure you have a toeboard if your scaffolding is higher than 2 metres.

If your scaffold is not attached to a solid structure, outriggers should be used if your scaffold has a height to width ratio greater than 3 to 1.

Use guardrails if your platform height is greater than 1 metre.

Perform regular safety checks on your scaffold. If any problems are found, stop work until the issue has been resolved.

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