Minimising Risks with Scaffolding on the Construction Site

There are many risks presented by scaffolding on construction sites. Not only can workers, tools, and materials fall from heights, but there are many other safety considerations which must be taken into account. Respecting load limits, wearing appropriate personal protective equipment, regular maintenance and inspections, along with the placement of scaffolding structures have an enormous bearing on the safety of workers and pedestrians alike.

Given the high rate of accidents and injuries in the construction industry, it's paramount that workplace health and safety measures are strictly followed. Arguably the best approach to reduce any accidents and injuries on the construction site is to eliminate or minimise the risks associated with scaffolding. Today, we're going to step you through the process of managing these risks.

The risk management process

The risk management process is essentially broken up into four steps:

  • Identifying hazards
  • Assessing risks
  • Controlling risks
  • Reviewing control measures

In many cases, the risks associated with scaffolding on construction sites are well-known and therefore have proven control measures which mitigate these risks. If, after identifying the hazards, any risks are already known and established, you can simply implement the controls and move on.

An essential step in this process is consulting workers and their health and safety representatives at each phase. By using the knowledge, experience, and ideas of your workers, you are more likely to identify all hazards and find the most effective way of controlling the associated risks. It's crucial that all workers are encouraged to express their ideas and concerns about any health and safety issues so that these risks can be promptly addressed and managed.