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LADDER SAFETY / Supa-Lite Safety

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General Principles

  • Scaffold systems must be handled with care at all times.
  • Observe the manufacturers warnings and instructions.
  • Observe closely the area in which you wish to position the scaffold and assess for risks (e.g. open door ways, overhead power lines, uneven ground).
  • Where a risk is present, remove (or reduced to an acceptable level) the risk, or seek an alternative safe means of access.
  • Scaffold systems are designed and built for a specific use. Read the warning labels.
  • Always inspect the scaffold for damage prior to use.
  • Ensure the scaffold is free from dirt, water and grease prior to use paying particular attention to the treads/rungs and standing areas.
  • When using a scaffold near a door way, block/lock the door and/or post a guard.
  • Do not leave scaffold systems unattended while they are erected.
  • Always wear fully enclosed footwear with slip resistant soles.
  • Avoid using scaffold in very wet or windy conditions.
  • Never use a scaffold if you are impaired by drugs, alcohol or sickness.

Safe Handling Procedures

  • Never drop or jar a scaffold component as it may make it unsafe to use.
  • Always employ safe lifting practices when moving or handling scaffolding (e.g. bend the knees).
  • Always be aware of others and property when moving scaffolding. Particular care should be taken when carrying a scaffold through doorways or around corners.
  • Always ensure that you have full control of the scaffold at all times.
  • Be aware of the position of your hands when using trapdoors to avoid entrapment.

Transporting Scaffold

  • When transporting a collapsed scaffold on a vehicle ensure that the following points are observed:
  • The scaffold is supported along its length to prevent sagging.
  • The overhang beyond supports is equal/ less then 1/3 of the length of the scaffold.
  • The scaffold is securely tied down to prevent road shock and chaffing. Do not over tighten as this may cause damage. 
  • The upper surface of the roof racks or supports should be covered with soft material, such as rubber or pine, to decrease road shock.
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