Scaffolds & Temporary Work Platforms

Scaffolds & Temporary Work Platforms

Here at SoCal Removal we have implement a stringent policy to ensure that employees are not exposed to hazards while working on or with scaffolding or elevated work platforms. These injuries account for nearly 50 deaths and thousands of injuries each year in the United States alone. Andre Abajian or SoCal Removals designated competent scaffolding person is responsible for ensuring the following engineering controls, training requirements, and safe work practices are enforced to protect our employees from hazards associated with the erecting, use, and dismantling of scaffolds.

SOCAL DEMOLITION CONTRACTOR RESPONSIBILITIES

Preventing injuries during the setup, use and dismantling of scaffolds is a cooperative effort between the company and its employees.

SoCal Removal Construction Jobsite RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Ensure employees are trained appropriately to their level of responsibility regarding scaffolds
  • Acquire appropriate scaffolding for the job to be performed
  • Ensure all equipment, including scaffolds, is safe for use by employees
  • Ensure there is at least one qualified person at every job that requires scaffolding

QUALIFIED PERSON RESPONSIBILITIES

It is the responsibility of the qualified person to:

  • Be competent in fall protection
  • Review work plans to determine if scaffolds are necessary
  • Design scaffolds to the required specifications
  • Ensures the onsite scaffolding meets requirements of the job and all safety guidelines
  • Train employees who perform work on scaffolds and work platforms to recognize the hazards specific to that type of work and understand the procedures necessary to control them

COMPETENT PERSON

It is the responsibility of the competent person to:

  • Take prompt measures to eliminate conditions that may pose harm to employees
  • Ensure scaffold components from different manufacturers do not intermix
  • Evaluate direct connections and to confirm the supporting surfaces are capable of supporting the loads to be imposed on them
  • Inspect all suspension scaffold ropes before each shift and after anything that might affect
  • a rope’s integrity
  • Supervise the erection, moving, dismantling, and altering of scaffolds

SoCal Removal EMPLOYEE RESPONSIBILITIES

All company employees are expected to:

  • Complete all requisite training before using scaffolds
  • Follow company safety policy and best industry practices
  • Perform pre-use inspection before accessing the scaffold
  • Report any unsafe condition to the appropriately qualified person

SAFE PRACTICES

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

Scaffolds must be constructed and loaded according to the design of a qualified person

SCAFFOLDING CAPACITY

Scaffolds and their components must be able to support their own weight and 4 times the maximum intended load. Counterweights used to balance adjustable suspension scaffolds, must be able to resist at least four times the tipping moment imposed by the scaffold operating at either the rated load of the hoist, or one-and-a-half (minimum) times the tipping moment imposed by the scaffold operating at the stall load of the hoist, whichever is greater.

Suspension rope and connecting hardware must be able to support 6 times the maximum intended load of non-adjustable suspension scaffolds.
On adjustable suspension scaffolds, the suspension rope and connecting hardware must support twice the stall load of the hoist if that is greater than 6 times the maximum intended load of the scaffold.

SCAFFOLD PLATFORM CONSTRUCTION

PLANKING AND DECKING

Platforms on working levels of scaffolds must be planked or decked between the front uprights and the guardrail supports so the space between adjacent units and between the platform and uprights is no more than 1 inch wide. Special exception can be made where a wider sp