How Often Should Scaffolding Be Inspected?

Scaffolding health and safety is important. Because of that, inspections are crucial. Sometimes it’s got to remain standing for extended periods of time. Potentially, it could be there for months. Therefore, it’s recommended that scaffolding is inspected at least once per week. Let’s dive a little deeper into why that is.

Why Should Scaffolding Be Inspected?

In short, inspections are done to ensure the structure is safe. Working at height comes with inherent risk, so there’s every reason to be extra cautious. It only takes one slip, trip or fall to cause a devastating injury or fatality. As well as that, there’s the possibility that the entire structure could collapse.

When Should Scaffolding Be Inspected?

There are a few times that the structure needs to be inspected. First, it should be thoroughly scrutinised as soon as it’s erected. Any changes or modifications to the structure should also get the same treatment. Once that’s been completed, one inspection per week should suffice. An exception should be made if any events occur that might have made the scaffolding unsafe. This includes accidents, vandalism and poor weather conditions. If in doubt, always carry out an inspection before using it.

Who Should Be Assessing It?

Scaffolding must be inspected by a person who is deemed competent. This means that they must have the right knowledge and training to be able to spot problems. Scaffolding is complex, so it’s important that their knowledge is in depth and up-to-date.

The inspector doesn’t necessarily have to be a scaffolder to be able to do it properly. Anyone else on site who has taken an appropriate inspection course could also be competent enough to do this job. So long as they know what they’re looking for and are able to make detailed notes of the condition of the structure, with action plans to amend any problems, they will be fine.

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