Fall of Material from Scaffolding

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Type:  Safety Bulletin/Alert

Publisher:  Buildsafe South Africa, Dubai, UAE

Published As:  Public


Topics:  Operations, Material Handling/Storage

A scaffolder was taken to hospital after suffering a cut, which required 6 stitches, to his head.

A team of scaffolders were engaged in dismantling scaffolding erected along the perimeter of the building. They were using the Handball method: the components are dismantled from the top and passed downwards to ground using a chain of people. The injured person (IP) was a part of the team approximately 2 meters above the ground. The other scaffolder at level 4 passed the standard down to his colleague at level 3 but failed to grasp the standard properly letting it slip through his hands down to the scaffold lift level. The impact knocked the scaffolder to the ground sustaining an injury to his head. Due mainly to him wearing his hardhat, the injury was not as bad as it could have been.

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