Proper storage of scaffolding equipment helps to ensure that scaffolding is safe and fit to be used. Improperly stored equipment can result in damage, loss of equipment strength, and loss of safe operation. Whether the storage is in a rental building, a scaffolder’s warehouse, or at the job site, the following conditions should always be met:
• Store equipment so that it is easily accessible.
• Allow for the safe movement of trucks, forklifts or other handling equipment.
• Do not obscure access/egress points, emergency exits, safety signs and warnings or emergency equipment with scaffold components.
• Provide adequate support to keep scaffold components off the ground.
• Provide support between layers so that suitable materials can be handled by the forklifts.
• Store different size parts in separate stacks.
• Clearly mark part numbers on all stacks.
• Provide boxes or bins for small parts.
• Segregate and isolate any component parts that are in need of repair. Store damaged components in a clearly marked area until repaired or disposed of to ensure they do not go back into the general inventory.
• Discard or destroy damaged parts following appropriate and legal disposal procedures.
• Do not stack equipment so high, that it becomes unstable. Unstable stacks can fall and cause serious injury or death as well as damage to component parts.
• Provide blocking to prevent tubing from rolling when being handled. Unsupported tubing may become damaged or roll onto personnel causing injury.
• Keep storage areas in a clean and orderly condition.
• Do not put scaffold components (especially planks) into storage when wet. Always dry component parts before storing away.
• Planks that remain wet for long periods of time (months) are likely to mildew and decay. Any plank showing evidence of mildew should be allowed to dry and tested for verification of strength before use.
• Wet planks should be stacked on level bearers well clear of the ground with spacers between each layer. Locate the stack in a dry, well ventilated location and align spacers with bearers. A minimum of three spacers per layer is recommended.
• Dry Planks should be stored under cover.
Pictured above are good practices for storing scaffold components