When working on a residential or retail construction site, you can toss unwanted debris to the ground without concern that you will injure anyone. When you get more than a story or two off the ground, however, gravity and physics take over. Then, you can really hurt somebody. While it doesn't make sense to carry everything down, there are options, namely debris chute scaffolding. Here's what to know about debris chute scaffolding installation.
What Is Debris Chute Scaffolding?
Debris chute scaffolding, also referred to as just a debris chute or a trash chute, is commonly used in the construction industry. It is used to transport materials and debris from one floor to another or all the way to the ground and an awaiting dumpster. The debris chute resembles an enclosed slide like you would see at a playground, and, as you would expect, workers simply toss their unwanted trash in the chute throughout the day as they work.
What Are The Benefits of Debris Chutes?
The are many benefits of using debris chute scaffolding, including:
- Increase safety. It allows construction workers to work safely at heights without worrying about falling debris.
- Eliminate crane. It also removes the need for a crane to transport containers of trash from a roof or higher floor of a building. Cranes are expensive to rent or buy.
- Saves time. Debris chutes reduce the amount of time that it takes to complete a construction project because it is much faster to just toss something in a chute than it is to box up the trash and carry it several floors down.
How Do You Install Debris Chute Scaffolding?
Installing debris chute scaffolding is not as difficult as it may seem. Once the standard scaffolding is installed, a platform area must be built for use as a staging area for debris removal. The platform should be made of sturdy plywood or metal to support the workers' weight and the materials they will be working with.
The chute is then attached to the outside of the scaffolding and secured at each floor. The chute should be made of sturdy material so that it does not collapse when it is in use.
What Are The OSHA Requirements for Debris Chute Scaffolding?
You may have laughed along during a cartoon as a character falls down a debris chute and walks away unscathed. However, debris chutes are dangerous if used in that manner. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) agrees. They have specific rules for debris chute scaffolding installation and use, including:
- A gate must protect the platform.
- The opening must be secured at night.
- A fence must protect the discharge area.
OSHA does not find debris chute safety to be a laughing matter.
If you are working on a construction site, you may need to use debris chute scaffolding in order to keep your workers safe and complete your project on time. Installing and using this type of scaffolding can be relatively simple as long as you follow the OSHA requirements for safety and upkeep. Whether you are a contractor or an individual building your own home, it is important to consider debris chute scaffolding when planning your project.