How Businesses Can Protect Employees From Electrical Hazards On Scaffolds

Posted on: 30 March 2017

Fiberglass is a material that is safer than other scaffolding options, such as steel, because it is not a conductor of electricity. Therefore, it is a better option for situations where there are a lot of electrical hazards.

Be Mindful Of One's Surroundings

All workers need to examine their surroundings before climbing up a scaffold to make sure that there are no hazards, including electrical hazards. A common hazard a worker may face is overhead power lines, which may need to be de-energized if the worker must work near the power lines. It is also necessary to guard against electrocution with insulation or other methods.  It is the responsibility of the employer to inform workers about the present risks and the ways in which these risks can be mitigated. Workers must also be instructed to not use ladders or other attachments while using the scaffold because it is easy to lose one's balance when using modifications and these modifications may increase the risk that workers come in contact with power lines.

While fiberglass scaffolding is durable, it is also one of the lighter options and this makes it easier to set it up. The scaffolds are usually built to be pieced together, which makes them very portable. However, it is important to carefully inspect the area where the scaffold will be placed to make sure that there is not a risk that the workers on the scaffold will come in contact with electrical wires. It is also important to make sure that the scaffold is setup in a way that keeps the scaffold out of the way of vehicles that may accidentally collide with the scaffold, placing workers in danger.

Be Careful With Scaffold Wheels

Some fiberglass scaffolds come with wheels. This can make the scaffolds more convenient to use, but it can also cause the scaffold to move unexpectedly. Even though fiberglass scaffolds do not conduct electricity, there is still a risk if the scaffold moves and comes in contact with wires. However, with extra carefulness and thorough training, you can create workplace where employees can work on scaffolds safely. 

Implement Fall Arrest Systems

Another issue that can place workers at risk of electrocution is when they fall. Fall arrest systems must not only protect workers from falling, but must also not potentially place workers in contact with electrical hazards when they are falling. Also, the fall arrest equipment must be in good condition.

For more information, talk to a professional like Advanced Scaffold Solutions.