The Health and Safety Executive have recently issued a safety alert to the construction industry alongside any scaffolding contractors and suppliers like ourselves regarding preventing unauthorised access onto scaffolding and other work platforms.
We are sure you don’t need to be told that stupidly not everybody conforms to health and safety regulations and for those that don’t comply hefty fines will be issued. With the school holidays still here and more bored children looking for places to play it is essential for all companies to act upon the HSE’s notice to prevent risk of injury or even death from unauthorised platforms and scaffold towers.
When working with scaffold towers or platforms preventing unauthorised access should be considered in any risk assessment before any work is started. You must ensure that the lower section of the tower should be suitably covered to prevent unauthorised access. When working on building sites you should also ensure that access to the site is again restricted and it is not easy for unauthorised personnel to gain access.
If you would like to read further about how you can ensure your tower isn’t accessed by unauthorised personnel take a look at PASMA’s pavement licence guide. Within this document you will also find safety recommendations regarding maintenance of towers, protecting the public as well as safe assembly and removal.
If you have any queries at all feel free to contact our expert team on 01204 590 232 or get in touch via our contact form.