In an ideal world, you'd never have to climb up onto a couple of sections of scaffolding and begin working around your home in anything but pleasant weather. However, this isn't always the case. If you're renting scaffolding for a specific set of days to get a job done around your yard, you may encounter some rain. If lightning is present in the area, you'll definitely want to stay inside until the storm passes. However, if it's only raining and you're eager to make some progress on the job while you have the scaffolding set up, you need to focus on safety. Here are some tips for staying safe while using scaffolding in the rain.
Support The Feet
If it rains steadily for a long time, your lawn will get soft. This can potentially cause the feet of the scaffolding to sink, which could result in the entire structure tipping enough that you fall off it and risk your safety. To get around this problem, you need to support each individual foot of the scaffolding with something sturdy. Flat pieces of wood are perfect for this job — and the rental center at which you're getting the scaffolding may loan you the wood. By placing a piece of wood under each of the feet, you'll keep the scaffolding from sinking into the wet ground.
Climb With Caution
It's common to have to climb up and down the rungs of your scaffolding several times during the project you're working on. When it's raining, the rungs of the scaffolding will be slippery and may pose a slipping hazard. To stay safe, you should climb slowly and not lift one foot until your other foot is secure. Additionally, it's important to hang onto the scaffolding at all times. Try to avoid carrying tools or supplies as you climb, as doing so can distract you from being careful about your footing, as well as limit your ability to use your hands.
Turn The Planks Over
The wooden planks that span across the scaffolding generally are rough enough that they provide plenty of grip, even while wet. However, if it's rained for several hours and the planks are beginning to get a little slick, you don't want to be unsure of your footing as you work. A simple solution is to turn each of the planks upside down. The undersides will generally be dry, giving you a lot more stability while you work.
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