Good Practice for Independent Tied Scaffolding

Working from heights on building sites is usually unavoidable.
And for many, the risks involved are part of daily life. But by
implementing good practice for independent tied scaffolding, it is
possible to keep the risks low, and ensure everyone working on-site
remains safe.

Edge Protection

The key to safe working practices at heights has to be edge
protection. It is essential that any platform erected has adequate
edge protection throughout the structure. And even for quick
access, make sure edge protection or ties are never removed. Only
when the structure is complete does it stand the best chance of
doing a proper job.

Standard Spacing

Take care when constructing 
tied scaffolding
to ensure the gaps between the two lines of
standards are kept to an absolute minimum.

This will keep the structure solid, reduce the chance of tripping,
whilst protecting high cost equipment from drops as well.

Before any work commences, all platforms should be fully boarded.
Gaps mean weaknesses, something nobody wants.

Choosing the Scaffolding

Make sure you always choose scaffolding that is suitable for the
job in hand. Over reaching or stretching is out of the question and
so is overloading.

Remember, tied scaffolding not only holds the workers, it has to
be capable of holding the materials too. So make sure you choose
the structure fit for purpose.

Leave It To The Professionals

Though scaffolding may seem like child’s play, the person
responsible for erection has to be competent. Short cuts and
changes made by unqualified scaffolders cause accidents.

As with all elements of HSE, there are many helpful guidelines
which cover how and where to use tie scaffolding safely. Stick to
the program and things become a lot easier.

In the UK, falls from height still account for more than half of
all deaths on construction sites. And though last year saw
the 
lowest level of incidents to date
, there were still 21 deaths
which may have been avoided if the right practices were put in
place.

Let’s make sure that figure keeps going down