Scaffolds for Demolition Work

At a bare minimum, special or heavy duty scaffold should be used during demolition for containing dislodged materials or providing a safe platform for working and edge protection.

Factors that may affect the stability of a scaffold for demolition work include:

Wind forces that act on containment sheeting on the face of the scaffold

The load imposed by demolished material that’s dislodged onto the scaffold

Progressive dismantling of the scaffold and removal of ties

Water retention in the containment sheeting due to capillary action

Progressive removal of building elements that affect the lateral stability of the scaffold’s upper portion

The risk control measures below should be implemented when you use scaffolds for demolition work:

Scaffold planks need to be secured to avoid dislodgement from falling debris

Regular inspection and maintenance of the scaffold

Making sure that the scaffold is progressively dismantled and in line with demolition work

You may need to reduce the vertical spacing of the scaffold ties to facilitate the demolition cycle.

Containment sheeting on the scaffold’s internal face should be installed for the purpose of deflecting material into the building thus reducing the potential for scaffold overloading.

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