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UK SCAFFOLDERS METHOD STATEMENT/RISK ASSESSMENT

 This is a generic Method Statement used by UK Scaffolders and can be adapted for every different contract.

 

1. OBJECT - General - To provide a safe place to work and environment for scaffolders to erect and dismantle scaffolds for the use of other trades in pursuance of their work.

 

2. TRANSPORT - Transport carrying labour and materials to arrive on site and receive instructions on areas to be worked.

 

3. Report to the site office and all personnel to be inducted by your site management.

 

4. UNLOADING/LOADING - Materials to be unloaded by hand and carried to the place of initial erection.

 

5. Main contractor to supply a suitable base around the perimeter of the Buildings.

 

6. SCAFFOLDERS - All scaffolders involved in the erection and dismantling of scaffold will hold a certificate issued by the C.I.T.B and grade either basic or advanced under the Construction industry scaffolders record scheme and can be produced at any time. Scaffolders will be equipped with safety helmet, safety boots, level, scaffold spanners and safety harnesses.

 

To be used in conjunction with SG4:05 appendix a

 

7a. SITE SUPERVISION – Glen Pearce 07852370398

 

7. MATERIALS - Steel tube 48.3mm diameter, with a thickness of 4mm manufactured to BS1139 and hot galvanised dipped supplied in lengths up to 6400mm.

 

8. FITTINGS - All fittings to BS1139.Doubles and swivels are drop forged; sleeves, putlog couplers and base plates are pressed steel.

 

9. SCAFFOLD BOARDS - Nominal 225mm x 38mm to BS2482. Supplied in 4000mm lengths banded at both ends to prevent splitting and stamped with maximum unsupported length of 1200mm.

 

10. LADDERS - All ladders to be steel and in good condition.

 

11. BASEPLATES - Nominal 150mm steel plate with a central welded locating pin.

 

12. SOLE BOARDS - Timber sole boards are cut off scaffold boards and are generally 225mm long.

 

13. OTHER ITEMS – Sussex Scaffolding Ltd handing over certificate will be issued on completion of erection of scaffold.

 

14. This method statement is to be read in conjunction with our quotation.

 

Proposed Risk Assessment

CLIENT:

PROJECT:

Scope:

To supply, erect, dismantle and fully clear upon completion sufficient tubular materials couplers and scaffold boards to

General:

All tube and fittings in accordance with BS.EN 39

Scaffold erection in accordance with B.S.EN 12811/1 2003

Scaffold boards in accordance with BS.2482.

This risk assessment is to be read in conjunction with the relevant method statement.

All materials used shall be visually and physically inspected by the erectors as far as is reasonably practicable prior to use and construction carried out as 'custom and practice'.

Upon completion and prior to use, scaffold shall be certified by UK Scaffolders as fit for the purpose intended and complies with the Construction Health, Safety and Welfare Regulations 1996.

WORK ACTIVITY RISK ASSESSMENT

ACTIVITY

Location:

Risk level:

Assessor:

 

SCAFFOLDING

 

 

 

MEDIUM

G.PEARCE

 

(Tubes &

 

 

Date:

 

 

 

 

 

/02/05

 

Fittings)

 

 

 

Operation:

Setting out bases; sorting tube and fittings; manual handling of tube,

 

fittings, boards and ladders; lifting materials to heights; lowering

 

Materials to ground level; loading/unloading of delivery vehicles.

Hazards:

Falls of people; manual handling; dropping materials.

 

sharp edges on metal fittings; splinters from boards;

 

Access/egress. Weather (rain or high winds).

Risks:

Falls of people or materials. handling injuries; head and feet injuries;

 

collapse of scaffold; movement of ladders; injury from mechanical

 

Equipment or hoisting machinery; site conditions. Access times to site

Persons

Scaffolder; other site operatives; occupiers; members of the general

exposed:

Public; children playing on scaffolds can and do suffer major injuries.

Controls

Scaffold to be erected ground upwards all operatives to wear fall arrest equipment.

 

required:

Materials not to be thrown up or down.

 

Ladders to be removed at the end of the working day.

 

if required by site conditions; other trades are not to alter

 

scaffold or remove ties; scaffold must only by altered by a competent

 

scaffolder; scaffolds over 5 meters high, sheeted scaffolds and quick

 

System type scaffolds require a specific risk assessment.

Statutory

Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974; Construction (Lifting

requirements:

Operations) Regs 1998; Construction (Working Places) Regs 1996;

 

Construction (Head Protection) Regs 1989; Personal Protective

 

Equipment Regs 1992; Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regs

 

1998; Manual Handling Operations Regs 1992; Management of

 

Construction Health Safety and Welfare 1996.All works to comply with current NASC Regs and to SG.4:05 appendix a


RISK ASSESSMENT MUST BE CONSIDERED IN THREE STAGES:

(I) Identification of all hazards.

(ii) Evaluation of risks.

(iii) Risk Control.

Hazard - The potential for harm.

Risk - The likelihood of that harm occurring and severity of its consequences.

Hazard Identification:

Low Risk 1. - Improbable, very unlikely.

Risk 2. - 3. - Remote, but conceivable.

Medium

Risk 4. - 6. - Possible could occur sometime.

Medium

Risk 7. - 8. - Probable, will occur several times.

High

Risk 9. - Likely/Frequent - Occurs frequently.


Hazard/Risk Control Order of Status in Descending Order

a) Elimination - E.g. Stop doing task.

b) Substitution - E.g. Change the machine to one with fewer hazards.

c) Enclosure - E.g. Enclose the process to eliminate or control the process.

 

d) Guard/Segregate People.

 

e) Safe System of Work - E.g. Permit to work system

 

f) Written procedures - E.g. Method Statements

 

g) Adequate Supervision.

 

h) Identification of training needs.

 

  1. Information/instruction.

j) Personal protective equipment.

 

 

HAZARD

RISK

CONTROL

ACTION

1. Falls of

 

 

 

Persons

 

 

 

1 a. Scaffolders

LOW 2

F.G.J.

Scaffolders are not to work off less

 

 

 

Than 3No. board wide platforms and

 

 

 

Guardrail during erection.

 

 

 

 

 

1 b. Trade

LOW 1

C.D.

Toe boards, guardrails, notices to be

Operatives

 

 

in place to all exposed edges.

2. Falls of

 

 

 

Materials

 

 

 

2a. Scaffolding

 

 

 

Components

 

 

 

 

LOW 2

D.G.J.

Materials to be passed from hand to

 

 

 

 

hand at all times.

2b. Trade

 

 

 

Materials

MED 4

D.G.

Provide close boarded platforms &

 

 

 

Toe boards

3. Manual

 

 

 

Handling

LOW 3

G.J

Provide hoists & gin wheel, barrows

 

 

 

and work in pairs, ensure walkway

I

 

 

are clear of materials

4. Ground

 

 

 

Bearing

 

 

 

 

 

 

Site manager to check ground

Conditions

 

 

conditions prior to erection

 

Collapse or

 

 

 

Deformation

MED 6

E.F.G.J.

 

5. Harmful

 

 

No harmful/hazardous substances

Substances

 

 

shall be used for construction

(COSHH)

LOW 1

 

components.

6. Fire

LOW 2

E.F.G.

No Hot Workers undertaken.

 

 

 

Customer to advise

 

 

 

 

 

7. Working at

Height

 

MED 4

C. D.

 

Guardrails to be installed above 450mm, secure ladders, max 50mm

gap.

 

 

 

 

 

8. Trade/Site

 

 

 

 

Operatives

 

 

 

 

Entering Zone

 

 

 

 

of Erection

 

 

 

 

/Dismantling

MED 8

 

Enter site at specified times

 

 

MED 8

C.D.F.G.J.

(customer name) to install suitable

 

 

 

 

barriers.

 

9. Overloading

 

 

 

 

of Scaffold

 

 

 

 

 

MED 4

E.G.J.

(customer name) to display suitable notices at working platforms

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Documents:

F91 Part 1 Section A-Weekly inspection of scaffold

 

F91 Part 1 Section C-Weekly inspection of Hoist and Gin Wheels

 

(Lifting Appliances); Scaffold Hand Over Certificates.

O11 site

Ensure PPE is being used - helmets (small version), gloves, boots and

controls:

overalls; precautions to prevent falls of people - adequate working

 

platforms; ladder firmly based and tied; precautions to prevent falls of

 

materials:- toe boards, brick guards and debris netting where needed;

 

gin wheels, hoists or other lifting devices where needed; guardrail

 

harness if needed for special applications.

Training &

Scaffolders should be trained and supervised, a minimum of basic

competence:

scaffolders certificate is recommended; site managers trained in

 

scaffold inspection; scaffold users should be trained in scaffold

 

appreciation; advanced certificate needed for complex or high

 

construction; operators trained in kinetic handling.

Consultation:

Discuss clearance and leveling of base area with scaffold

 

supervision/employees; discuss any special access requirements or

 

ground conditions before scaffolders start work; supervisor to check at

 

commencement that the above arrangements are in force.

Information

Ensure scaffolders are informed of the scaffold purpose, eg: for

instruction:

bricklayers, painting, cleaning, access only; ensure all employees have

 

a copy of the "Passport to Safety" Booklet; briefing on site associated

 

risks, where necessary, on site safety.

Monitoring:

Supervision to ensure scaffolds are properly erected before accepting

 

hand over certificate and before being used; weekly inspection of

 

scaffolds and following severe weather or alterations recorded in the

 

F91; ensure platforms or loading bays are not overloaded and

 

materials are not stacked above the handrails; supervisor to re-check

 

arrangements periodically during the job.

REVIEW:

Routine monitoring by safety consultants; include full review in health

 

and safety audits.