Scaff Step Petition
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Due to recent changes in the scaffolding industry (TG20:08), new legislation has been brought into force without consultation of the very people that have to abide by the new legislation.
The new method of erecting and dismantling scaffolding involves the use of a prefabricated platform (scaffstep) which is fixed to a guardrail to allow the scaffolder to fix a handrail generally 2m above the temporary platform. Scaffolders are expected to use the scaffstep whilst wearing a harness which is clipped on to a tube behind them. At the same time they will be handling scaffolding tube above their heads.
The use of the steps makes no allowance for weather or site conditions, ie muddy boots or high winds.
This petition is aims to raise the need for the HSE and other parties involved in bringing this legislation into force, to look again at this method of working.
It is the opinion of the persons signing this petition that the scaff step is not only impractical but has caused accidents, dangerous occurrences and injuries to those forced to use this method of working.