SAFETY & OPERATING GUIDE Decorators Trestles and Lightweight Staging BASIC SAFETY Before using this equipment and to avoid personal injury, carefully read and understand these instructions. If there is anything you do not understand, DO NOT use this equipment, contact the hire company for advice. Make sure you are aware of all safety requirements and that this equipment is suitable for the task you wish to undertake. WORK AT HEIGHT REGULATIONS New legislation came into effect in 2005 which places certain responsibilities on Employers and/or duty holders. You must ensure that only trained competent persons are permitted to use the equipment. Working at height should be avoided whenever possible. Where it is unavoidable, you must take all necessary measures to prevent a fall and to ensure the safest method of access is used. You must plan and organise the work before it begins, carry out a full risk assessment and be guides by your findings. Take into account the height you need to reach, the task you need to perform and how long it will take. Take into consideration weather conditions, ground traffic and the conditions of the work area. Whatever your findings, you must only use the safest equipment available, where reasonably practicable, to carry out your task. Light work at low level which will take very little time, may only require a set of steps or a leaning Ladder Standoff. However, where the duration is of a long period or at great height or requires heavy work, an access tower or a scissor lift may be more suitable. Equipment used must be checked thoroughly for condition before use and at regular intervals there after. For advice and further information contact the HSE infoline on 0845 345 0055. Two widths of staging platform are available (450mm and 600mm). The work area must be cordoned off from the general public and bystanders. 5044/01a Decorators Trestles and Lightweight Staging This equipment must not be erected, used or dismantled by persons who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Do not use this equipment if you are tired or unwell. You MUST perform a risk assessment before using this equipment to ensure your safety and the safety of others. Wear the correct Personal Protective Equipment for the task ahead. Wear gloves when handling this equipment. Wear suitable clothing. Steel toecap boots must be worn. Wear a hard hat. Do not wear loose jewellery or clothing that may get in the way or become trapped in the equipment. Tie back long hair. This equipment must only be used by persons who are medically fit to do so. If you have any medical condition, are recovering from any medical condition or suffer from any mental or physical disability, you MUST seek professional medical advice before using this equipment. Inform everyone in the work area of what you are doing. This equipment weighs in excess of 25KG, do not attempt to lift it on your own. Carefully inspect the equipment before use, if there is any doubt about its condition, DO NOT USE IT. Do not use this equipment where there are overhead power lines or similar hazards within your reach and that of the equipment. This equipment must not be used in windy conditions. This equipment may only be used on smooth floors, which are able to bear its weight and its load. A competent person should remain close by whenever the equipment is being used, in case of an emergency. Never carry equipment while climbing unless you can do so leaving your hands free, by carrying the equipment in a shoulder bag. Climb first then haul the equipment up after you on a rope. Only use this equipment if you are comfortable working at heights. Always gain access to the staging by climbing the outer face of the decoratorʼs trestle not the underside. Do not lean from the staging and never apply a lot of side force. Never use the trestle when closed or as a ladder. DO NOT step on the outer end of the staging. Always carry the equipment to a new location with care. Never attempt to gain extra height by using boxes or chairs etc. Exclusive Rights: Textwrite Publications Ltd © The Author: Marc Bashford 2007 5044/01 TRESTLES AND STAGING 5044/01 PREPARATION EQUIPMENT MAINTENANCE & CLEANING Choose a location for the equipment where the ground is level and stable. Ensure adequate room for the operator to work safely. When not being used, store the unit in a clean condition and in a safe place, away from thieves and unauthorised users. SETTING UP Dismantle the staging and trestles by reversing the set up procedure then give everything a thorough clean ready for return. Models may vary, so check with the hire company. The following are common versions. FINALLY NOTE Failure to clean the equipment thoroughly may make you liable to a cleaning charge. Trestle Rung Fully open both Trestles and position at a distance from each other which will allow adequate support of the Staging. With help, position the Staging on to the same height rung of both Trestles as required. Adjust the Staging to bring it central to the trestles. The staging must lay flat on the rungs without the possibility of rocking and with a minimum of 300mm overhang on each end. Staging Premier Plant Hire, Giant Arches 12-23, 48A Burbage Road, Herne Hill, London SE24 9HE Phone: 020 7326 0000 • Fax: 020 7274 1555 • www.premierplanthire.co.uk 5044/01a Decorators Trestles and Lightweight Staging 02/10 Information on vibration levels, weights and sound levels in this guide were obtained from the manufacturer and correct at time of print. No liability will be accepted for any inaccuracies.