Accident Prevention Procedures


Ladders


  • Should always be set on a firm level surface
  • Are to be tied off before use
  • Are to extend 3 feet above working surface
  • Be sure any ladder being used is in proper mechanical working condition
  • Always maintain three points of contact when climbing up or down any ladder
  • Workers must wear a safety harness tied off to a fixed support when the work is: 10 feet or more above the floor, above operating machinery, or above hazardous substances or objects
  • Any defective ladders should be removed from the work site immediately and reported to the supervisor
  • Ladders shall not be used for any other purpose than those for which they are designed
  • Ladders will be in accordance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations


Scaffolds


  • Scaffolds are to be erected on a firm level surface
  • Be sure that all baseplates, braces, pins, screwjacks, and other devices needed are used when erecting scaffolding
  • Scaffolding planks are to be a true 2 inches by 10 inches in cross section, free from loose knots and rot and should extend 6 inches but not more than 1 foot beyond the scaffold frame, complete with cleats
  • Working platforms on a scaffold shall be equipped with guardrails consisting of a toprail, midrail, and toeboard, and planked across its full width if over 8 feet high
  • Scaffolds must be tied to the building at vertical intervals not exceeding 15 feet
  • A ladder must be used for access on scaffolds exceeding 10 feet in height
  • Rolling scaffolds must be equipped with brakes
  • Remove any slippery substances or hazards prior to use
  • Scaffolds will be in accordance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations


Openings and Edges


  • Guardrails consisting of a top, middle, and toeboard shall be erected around all floor openings, edges of floors, ramps or any other area where a worker is in danger of falling from one level to another (where no guardrails exist, a safety belt or harness tied off to a fixed support must be used)
  • Openings and edges will be protected in accordance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations