While scaffolding is a vital component at any worksite, it is true that a significant number of accidents is due to the lack of scaffolding safety training and the defective scaffold equipment. Avoiding inexperienced workers slipping or tripping while in the scaffold or the plank failing should be reason enough for you to hire a professional scaffolding company for your needs.
By hiring a professional company, you ensure safety and avoid accidents, injuries and deaths on your worksite. Rather than just hiring painters or general contractors and be in danger of violating state regulations, getting a professional ensures that you are compliant with scaffolding safety standards of the correct capacity, use of guard rails, right spacing between planks, and preventing use of proscribed items.
You can be assured that companies specializing in scaffolding have workers that are trained experts when it comes to scaffold-related work. While general contractors and ordinary painters may have some experience working with scaffolds, they may not be thoroughly competent or qualified for scaffolding work and this leaves you liable if they end up injuring or hurting themselves while working for you.
Professional companies have a coterie of workmen who are both competent and qualified to do scaffolding work. Professionals have competent workers who are capable of identifying worksite hazards and can take quick steps to correct them. They also have qualified workers who possess a degree or certificate or who through experience have shown capability in addressing scaffolding work problems.
Scaffolding competent individuals directly supervise scaffold moving, erection, and dismantling. They lead and train other workers for scaffolding work, inspect scaffolds for any defects or hazards, and assess the need to provide fall protection for workers. Scaffolding qualified individuals also design and load scaffolds according to plan and train other workers to recognize and minimize hazards.
This is especially important when you are working in more populated areas where scaffolding work will pose greater risk to pedestrians. Professionals can provide specific measures not only to ensure the safety of workers but also of the pedestrians. Specialists put up canopies and tunnels that allows pedestrians to walk underneath or around the scaffolding.
A professional company also knows how to address special features like trees, shrubs, power lines, and other elements of your property that may need to be altered or temporarily relocated before the work begins.
Indeed, scaffolding work is not something that should be left to ordinary workers or painters. The safety requirements require the hiring of professionals who can not only monitor but also do proactive work to prevent the potential risks and hazards associated with scaffolds. Apart from ensuring safety for workers, they also give you access to scaffold-related high-quality products and customer service.