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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