Under the Working at Height regulations 2005, it is a legal requirement for all scaffolding to be inspected by an experienced and knowledgeable scaffolding inspector.
It falls under the responsibility of the scaffolding users or those hiring the scaffolding to organise the erected scaffolding structures inspection by an appropriate person.
As it falls under the above’s responsibility to organise, it is essential that everyone involved understands how exactly scaffolding inspections work. This is to ensure that the safety of workers and compliance is followed on your construction project.
What is a scaffolding inspection?
A scaffolding inspection can be defined as a careful examination of any scaffolding that has been erected. This inspection is in place as it ensures that it is safe to work on for both the construction workers working on it and any passersby.
This inspection of the scaffolding should take place after installation and before confirming that it is safe to work and authorising that work can be carried out. After the first inspection, follow up scaffolding inspections should be made at least weekly thereafter.
However, if there are any circumstances that threaten the safety of the scaffolding, such as extreme weather conditions, then the scaffolding should be inspected immediately. Even if there was an inspection less than a week previously.
After each scaffolding inspection, a report should be written. This report should be kept on-site until all the construction work using the scaffold is completed.
Who carries out a scaffold inspection?
HSE has various guidance around scaffolding inspections. One of which is that scaffolding inspections should be carried out by a ‘competent person’. This individual will have a combination of knowledge, training and experience which is appropriate for the type and complexity of the scaffold.
In the majority of instances, scaffolding inspections are part of the hire service provided by scaffold erectors or companies. But, where this is not included, there are options available for you to hire an independent scaffold inspector to carry out this task.
Furthermore, scaffolders that hold the appropriate level of CISRS qualification are also permitted to inspect scaffolding.
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