The number one rule for doing facade work on scaffolding: Don’t do it unless you’ve completed scaffolding safety training, warns a recent alert from a worker in the New York City Department of Buildings.

“Facade work performed on scaffolding can be extremely dangerous,” the alert reads, “and appropriate precautions must be taken at all times to avoid death or serious injury.”

To help ensure safety during facade work, follow the service instructions:
Know your equipment. Workers must be trained before climbing onto scaffolding.
Wear fall protection. Employers are required to provide fall protection when workers are on supported scaffolding without a guardrail, or whenever work is performed on an adjustable suspended scaffold. “Wearing a harness is not enough,” says the ministry. “You have to be attached to a secure lifeline for this to work. “
Be extremely careful when removing the copings. “Do not remove capstone or stones used to cover freestanding walls, unless instructed otherwise by your supervisor. “
The parapets must be demolished from the coping. Do not demonstrate individual bricks or masonry blocks – remaining walls may become unstable. Make sure that the remaining parapet walls adjacent to the demolition will not become unstable.
Look for loose material. “Immediately notify your supervisor if you notice that a parapet, cornice, chimney or other masonry element is loose or seems likely to fall from the building. »The tie-backs must be properly anchored.
Secure tarpaulins. Do not lean objects such as debris bags or construction materials against the parapet wall. “Tarpaulins and other temporary weather protection should be secured at the end of the shift so that they cannot be accidentally dislodged or come loose. “

A final tip: “Do not work on a suspended scaffold with a spacer support. “