Basic Scaffolding

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Introduction:

Whenever a worker leaves the ground, the risk of an accident occurring increases dramatically. Scaffolding (supported or suspended) is a temporary structure made of wooden planks and metal poles, used by workmen while building, repairing, or cleaning the building.

Experienced construction workers working on scaffolds can make the job look so easy, particularly from down below where the observer has both feet on the ground, but it really isn't. Workers can be hundreds of meters off the ground, working in windy conditions with only a metal framework between them and the ground. A lot can go wrong while working on scaffolding and therefore scaffolding training makes sense.

Learning Outcomes:

This training offers basic knowledge on scaffolding and its usage in a workplace environment which includes topics such as:

  • Legislation and Regulations,
  • Competence requirements,
  • Permit to work, Scaffold Tag,
  • Creating a level and stable foundation,
  • Work Platform, Planking, Ramps and Walkways,
  • Safe scaffold usage,
  • Hazard recognition with the type of scaffold working on,
  • Overhead power lines,
  • Guarding against falling objects,
  • Recognition of defects and how to report them,
  • Intended maximum load and capacity,
  • The proper fall protection systems that must be in place
  • Inspection requirements.

Who can take the Course?

This course is designed as an introductory, awareness level course, for any worker who will be working in or around scaffolding. In most cases this will pertain to the construction or maintenance of buildings, but can also include any type of work being done at height, where the worker will need an elevated, flat surface.

Benefits:

This training helps participants understand the dangers of working with scaffolds, and how these risks can be minimized by regular inspection and supervising the correct ways to erect, maintain, use scaffolding equipment.

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