By Bob Kenel (reprinted from fall 2009 newsletter)
In my travels, I keep seeing dangerous practices at some of the sites and yards I have visited or worked at with employers. It is your responsibility to know and implement mandated safety rules. One may refer to OSHA Construction Safety Standards. In my State of Michigan, Call MIOSHA @1-800-866-4674 or visit http://www.michigan.gov/mioshastandards.
Remember to do a tool box talk every month with your employees, document, and have them sign attendance. Keep this in your records for any future OSHA or Safety Audit. All employees must know where the MSDS, first aid, fire extinguishers, eyewash and an emergency plan with phone numbers are to be found at each yard and jobsite.
I have talked before about cables, rigging, and straps. I would like to give you some information about scaffolds.
PUMP JACK SCAFFOLD – Use appropriate fall protection systems when required in pump jack scaffolding. Only two workers are allowed between any two adjacent supports, and this type of equipment cannot be used at heights greater than 30 feet.
LADDER JACKS – Ladder jacks may not be used for heights greater than 20 feet. Appropriate fall protection must be used at 10 feet or greater. Ladders must be set at a 4 to 1 ratio with jacks adjusted to ensure pick is level.
TUBULAR FRAME SCAFFOLD – Inspect all welds for cracks. Use cross bracing for stabilization, leveling screw jackets, baseplates and mudsills must be utilized. Guardrails (top, mid and toe boards) must be used when required. Refer to the manufacturer‟s specifications for supporting the scaffold or use the 4 to 1 height ratio. Cross bracing may not be used as a means of access or egress.
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