CODE OF SAFE PRACTICE
A) It is dangerous to ride a rolling scaffold. Never ride a rolling scaffold.
B) Always consider the ground surface that the scaffold will be rolling on, and ensure that it is suitable.
C) Working platform height is restricted by the 3:1 height-to-base ratio; platform height cannot exceed three times the smallest base dimension.
D) Always remove material from the platform before moving the scaffold.
E) Casters with plain stems must be secured to the scaffold or adjustable bases by pins or other acceptable means.
F) Ensure that casters are the correct diameter and capable of withstanding the imposed load.
G) Casters must be the same size and from the same manufacturer.
H) Always lock the caster brake when the scaffold is stationary and in use.
I) Ensure that the caster wheels rotate freely and that the brake mechanisms are in working order.
J) No more than 300mm (12”) of the adjustable base shall extend between the top of the caster and the bottom of the collar/handle of the adjustable base.
K) Plan (horizontal diagonal) bracing must be installed at the base of the rolling scaffold and every 4.57m (15’-0”) vertically.
L) Do not use sidebrackets on rolling scaffolds without consideration for overturning.
M) All planks/decking must be secured and prevented from lateral movement and uplift.
N) When moving a rolling scaffold always have assistance to check for uneven surfaces and overhead obstructions.
O) The components of a rolling scaffold must be positively connected (locked) to prevent separation in both the vertical and horizontal positions.
ADDITIONAL GUIDELINES FOR DISMANTLING
1) Inspect the entire scaffold to ensure that it has not been structurally altered in any way that would deem it to be unsafe. If necessary, make alterations to make it safe and check that all scaffold ties are in place.
2) Visually inspect all planks/decking prior to removal and ensure that they are not damaged and are safe to use.
3) Do not remove any scaffold component without due consideration for the effect on the total scaffold when that component is removed.
4) Never accumulate excess scaffold material on the level (lift) being dismantled as this can cause overloading of the scaffold.
5) Never remove scaffold ties until the scaffold directly above has been dismantled to the tie level.
6) If components are seized or jammed take extreme care when removing them, as the sudden release of a component may cause a worker to lose balance.
7) Lower dismantled material in a controlled manner. Never throw material off the scaffold.
8) Never leave loose material on the scaffold at the end of shift. Always clear the scaffold platform before leaving the site or ensure that they have been tied down to prevent movement.
9) When material has been lowered, always stockpile it in an orderly and safe manner.
AS FIELD CONDITIONS VARY FROM PROJECT TO PROJECT AND ARE BEYOND THE CONTROL OF THE SIAC, SAFE AND PROPER USE OF SCAFFOLDING IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE USER.