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Most Important - Risk Assess!!!
Before you commence any work at your chosen work area, you should undertake some preliminary hazard identification and risk control precautions. Ideally more than one person should do this. This is undertaken by:
  1. Physically inspecting the work site
  2. Reviewing the best/job steps required to complete the task
  3. Reviewing the Safe Work Information supplied with the equipment
  4. Reviewing other reference documentation and expert advice The hazard identification and control process steps are:

The hazard identification and control process steps are:
  1. Identify the Hazards (e.g. 240V power drill use around wet areas)
  2. Assess the Risk (multi earth paths - possible electrocution)
  3. Select the Control Measure (e.g. dry the area use an RCD; use a cordless drill etc.)
  4. Re-assess the Risk (risk of electrocution now negligible). This is undertaken to ensure that the risk control measures adopted have not introduced any new risks to the work area.
Use of Props
Props are designed to give support to overhead structures while the existing support is renovated or replaced.
Before Operating
  1. Check all your equipment before using it: check that the inner and outer tubes are undamaged, straight and that they telescope easily.
  2. Check the original holding pin is secure on its' chain; do not use any other pin or object. Some units are fitted with a wraparound pin - ensure that the pin is functional and is a snug fit on the tube. Do not use any equipment including props suspected to be damaged - contact the hire centre.
  3. Ensure unauthorised people are kept away from the area while the props are in use.
  4. Ensure each prop is operated in the vertical position in order to bear its load safely: props must never be used more than 1.5 degrees off the vertical. This is about 50mm (2inches) out of true in every 1.8m (6 feet) of length.
  5. Make sure that the floor surface where you put the baseplate of your prop is firm and strong enough to support the weight that will be placed upon it.
  6. Each prop should stand on a thick undamaged timber soleplate unless the baseplate is standing on a suitable structural concrete base.
  7. The timber soleplate should at least 225mm (9 inches) wide by 38mm (1.5 inches) thick. It should be long enough to project at least 300mm (12 inches) either side of the support props baseplate and be solid hardwood timber.
  8. Make sure that the ceiling or upper surface where you locate the head plate of the prop will support and not give way when the prop takes the weight of the adjoining structure.
  9. A piece of solid undamaged hardwood timber, like the soleplate, can be used above the head plate to help spread the load across the upper support surface or ceiling being supported.
  10. Props are available in five different lengths, use the appropriate length to support the required weight/load.
  11. Before starting work make sure you understand how to use the prop(s) safely and how much weight in the overhead structure needs to be supported by the prop(s).
  12. Where the weight of the overhead structure needing support is greater than can be supported by one prop, extra prop(s) may be used to take up the extra load.
  13. The combined weight of the overhead structure supported should be less than the combined working load of the prop(s).
  14. Where using more than one prop to support the load, the props should be equally spaced beneath the load.

  15. Personal Protection Equipment (PPE)
    • Gloves
    • Safety Boots
    • Head Protection
    • Eye Protection

    Safety Do's

    DO take your time - Read this User Guideand other Safety material completely and in its entirety BEFORE using the acrow prop

    DO wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment as illustrated before using the prop, this includes everyone working around the area where the props are located.

    DO always operate in a clear work area preferably from persons, animals and hazards.

    DO ensure that you have a secure footing, clear access and egress to the work area while on the job.

    DO ensure the work environment is well lit with aspects of the job easily seen and discernible.

    DO check and assess the prop(s) each time before you start work.

    DO if props are left in position unattended, make the area safe from children and other unauthorised persons.

    DO have the props inspected by a competent person at least once a week.


    DO NOT use the prop for any other purpose that supporting overhead structures

    DO NOT remove or adjust any prop until is assessed that the load will be fully supported when the prop is removed.

    DO NOT support or tie any electrical or lighting cables to the props.

    DO NOT exceed the safe working loads (SWL) of any prop

    DO NOT use props that are too short by making up the gap with timber. Use the correct length prop remembering that extending the prop more DECREASES the load that may be applied to it.


    Make sure each holding pin remains in place in every prop during transport. Make sure the prop is adequately supported before and after the vertical load is applied. Lay protective sheet on surface for transporting.


    SWL or Safe Working Load (Weight Capacity) varies between the four types available

    Carelessness or misuse of the prop could lead to a serious or fatal accident.

    The prop may damage property if it is not used carefully.