Scaffolding Safety on Construction Projects

Scaffolding is a temporary structure, used to provide a safe working platform for construction workers. However, scaffolding can also be a dangerous workplace if it is not properly erected and maintained.

According to recent statistics, falls from a height are the leading cause of death in the construction industry. In fact, scaffolding-related falls account for about one third of all construction fatalities. This is why it is imperative for construction companies to take scaffolding safety seriously. By implementing a few simple safety recommendations, companies can help to prevent accidents and injuries, and they can ensure that their workers are safe on the job. 

Scaffolding safety guidelines: 

  • Erect scaffolding according to the manufacturer’s instructions and local regulations. This includes using the correct type of scaffolding for the job and ensuring that it is properly anchored. 
  • Inspect scaffolding periodically for signs of damage or wear. Any damaged or defective scaffolding should be removed from service immediately. 
  • Utilise fall protection equipment, such as guardrails and personal fall arrest systems. This will help to prevent workers from falling from height. 
  • Train workers on scaffolding safety procedures. Workers should be competent and know how to properly erect, use, and dismantle scaffolding. 
  • Communicate with workers regarding scaffolding safety. Workers should be aware of the risks associated with scaffolding, and they should know how to avoid accidents. 

By following these simple safety guidelines, construction companies can help to prevent accidents and injuries, and they can ensure that their workers are safe on the job.

Additional tips for scaffolding safety on construction projects: 

  • Keep scaffolding free of debris and clutter. This will help to prevent slips and falls. 
  • Do not overload scaffolding. Overloading can cause scaffolding to collapse. 
  • Do not use scaffolding in high winds. This can make scaffolding unstable. 
  • Do not use scaffolding in close proximity to power lines. Contact the power company before using scaffolding near power lines. 

There are several factors which can contribute to scaffolding safety on construction projects. These factors include:

  • The experience and training of the workers who are erecting and using the scaffolding. 
  • The quality of the scaffolding materials. 
  • The weather conditions. 
  • The overall safety culture of the construction company. 


The iProtectU health and safety software provides: 

  • An inspection and Audit App which allows for safety inspection of the workplace and associated report 
  • eLearning on a range of construction safety topics 
  • Scheduling functionality for managers to send eLearning, risk assessments and documents out to all staff via the software with tracks completion and compliance 
  • Risk assessment template covering construction activities 
  • Management system to document control the policy on scaffolding safety 
  • Method Statement module for the creation of working instructions 
  • Legal register that provides legislation guidance on construction safety 
  • Incident investigation module that tracks incidents involving scaffolding both with an app and via desktop 
  • Hazard observation app where staff can report and record any concerns regarding scaffolding safety to the organisation 
  • Asset management App ensuring assets are recorded in the software 


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