Scaffold Erecting In Wet Weather Conditions
Although spring in the UK usually sees temperature rise and the sky being populated with more sunshine; most places in the UK still see their fair amount of rainfall. When it comes to scaffold erecting during wet weather conditions; a number of potential challenges can occur.
Derbyshire can be one such location. When it comes to scaffolding in Derby, there are a number of potential hazards year round. One of which is the problematic conditions produced by slippery conditions.
Luckily, at Network Scaffolding we can go over a few helpful tips and tricks you can implement to ensure you and your colleagues are safe when erecting scaffolding in wet conditions.
Know Your Limitations
We must first start with the caveat that depending on how bad the weather conditions actually are; you might not be able to actually work on, or erect the scaffolding outside. Scaffold Erecting requires a certain degree of productivity and accuracy which can not be achieved during periods of heavy rain and wind.
Perhaps more importantly however is the fact that you can not always ensure the complete safety of employees. Working in treacherous conditions can be very demanding and problematic. This is not to mention the fact that the employee might be generally uncomfortable making it very difficult to carry out even the most mundane of tasks.
In some of our most recent blog, including those related to scaffolding in Derby, we have sung the praises of appropriate and safe footwear. As you might have guessed, when it rains, surfaces can get wet. This makes surfaces slippery and unpredictable.
It is recommended that you wear footwear with firm grips on as this can help with grip in these tricky situations. Your shoes should also be heavy duty. This is in case you drop anything on your feet, they will be protected.
If you have to climb onto something that might be slippery, you should do so at a cautious and sensible pace. Even how you work is a detriment to your productivity, each step should be taken slowly ensuring you have the necessary measures in place in case of an incident.
Ensure Your Colleagues Have Your Back
As we have previously mentioned, there is a general sense of comradery amongst those who work in the scaffolding industry. This is one of the reasons many of the workers feel so safe.
When working in wet and windy conditions, knowing your work colleagues are hand too watch out for your safety is all the more paramount. Your fellow workers might be able to highlight any potential issue before it arises as well as assisting you in the worst conditions.
Turn Planks If Necessary
Another nice and easy safety tip you can implement in your scaffolding workplace is turn the planks if they are quite wet. This is particularly helpful if the planks are quite wet and are taking a long time to dry.
Do you have any other questions regarding erecting scaffolding in wet weather conditions? If so, please get in touch with us. And for more great information about scaffolding, please keep up to date with our blogs.