Safety Alert 49 – Safe Scaffold Platforms

Safety Alert 49 – Safe Scaffold PlatformsSafe Scaffold Platforms – Safety Alert 49

As a company, it is our obligation to build safe, quality scaffolds for the end users that work from them.  All scaffolds are to be equipped with complete decking, toe boards, and hand rails on all open sides.  In many situations, we are limited to building scaffolds around obstacles such as process piping, structural supports, cable trays, etc.  This can make it challenging to completely deck, handrail, and install toe boards around these obstacles.  Though this is a challenge, it is not impossible to overcome these situations and every attempt should be made to do so.  This is for the protection of Gulf South, the scaffold user, and yourself as a craftsman.

During planning, determine if there will be any possible obstructions or barriers that could prevent you from putting protective devices in place.  If so, determine if there is a better way to build the scaffold or if the scaffold can be positioned in another location that would allow the work to be completed in a safe manner.  If this cannot be done, handrails, toe boards, and decking should be installed as close to any opening or obstruction as possible to eliminate the possibility of a worker falling or an object getting dropped from the scaffold.  This may take a little more time and effort by having to install extra equipment and clamps, but it will provide the safest scaffold and is a requirement of Gulf South Services.

After completing a scaffold, step back and take a few minutes to double check that all scaffolding safety requirements have been met.  If there is any doubt, be sure to correct the problem and tag the scaffold accordingly.  If there are any barriers that are preventing you from meeting these requirements, please let me know so that we can get them resolved.

For questions or concerns, please contact

Chris Detillier                                                                                                      985-354-4043                                                                        

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Safety Alert 38 – Dropped Object, Action Taken


What               Dropped Object revised

Where                        Anadarko Marco Polo

When                         4-12-16

What Happened: Team members were pulling material from a rack. 3 scaffold ledgers came out of the rack and fell through an open hole. It fell 30’ into an open area on the next lower deck. There was no injury and no damage.

Why This Happened: The material was staged too close to an opening in the deck.

Corrective Action: Team covered the open hole with wooden scaffold planks. This safety alert is being issued to all GSSI. All GSSI supervisors shall conduct an immediate sweep of all material storage areas. No material shall be stored within 4’ of any opening in a deck unless a physical barrier is placed between the material and the opening. For short material, utilize scaffold basket racks or “cage racks”. Where these are not available keep material in the shipping baskets

Falling and dropped objects are two of the leading hazards that lead to injuries and incidents in our industry. GSSI as well as many of our customers go to great links to put in place preventative measures to prevent this type of incident. Never store material within 4 feet of an opening Install larger toe boards or sheets of plywood around material storage areas to prevent any material from falling to lower levels.

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NOW HIRING!!! Scaffold Builders, Lead Scaffold Builders, Scaffold Foreman and Scaffold Supervisors

NOW HIRING!!! Scaffold Builders, Lead Scaffold Builders, Scaffold Foreman and Scaffold Supervisors
Onshore and Offshore work available.
Apply at: 280 Ford Industrial Rd, Morgan City, LA 70380


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NOW HIRING!!! Steel Fitters, Pipe Fitters, 6g, 6gr tig and Combination Welders

We are now taking applications for 1st class structural steel fitters, 1st class pipe fitters, 6g, 6gr tig and combination welders.
Must be able to pass pre-employment drug and alcohol testing and physical. At our Amelia, LA, Mobile, AL locations and online at

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Mobile, Alabama Office is now hiring all classifications of scaffold builders.

We will be taking applications:
Tuesday, November 6th, 2015
Wednesday, November 7th, 2015
Thursday, November 8th, 2015
at our location or fill an app online:
5560 Todd Acres Dr, Mobile, AL 36619
251-544-6870 –

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Safety Alert 28 – Fall (No Injury)


What       Fall

Where    Scaffolding around Reel / Core yard Mobile AL.

When     03-02-2015 3:30 P.m.

What Happened       Employee fell approximately 6 feet and was caught by harness.

Why                           Improper installation of stair tread.

Contributing Factors    Employee had limited experience installing these type stairs.

Corrective measures

  1. While installing stair treads, there will be a competent person or supervisor monitoring the installation of treads. This will ensure that treads are properly placed and locked into position.
  2. Scaffolding Training is being revised to include installation of stairwells.
  3. All employees involved in scaffold building will be given a refresher to include the additional training.
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Safety Alert #26 – Fracture

Safety Alert #26 – Fracture, Avoidable Injury
GSSI Safety Alert 26

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Safety Alert #25 – Muscle Strain

Safety Alert 25 – Muscle Strain, avoidable injury.
GSSI Safety Alert 25

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Safety Alert #24 – Flash burn to eyes. Offshore drilling vessel. Night shift

Safety Alert #24
Safety Alert 24

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GSSI Safety Alert!!! 23

Gulf South Services, Safety Alert 23

GSSI Safety Alert 23

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