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Scaffolding Inspections

Scaffolding must be inspected by a competent person:

  • Before it is put into use
  • At seven day intervals until it is dismantled
  • After bad or excessively wet weather or high winds or another event likely to have effected its strength or stability
  • After any substantial additions or other alterations

Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007

In addition to scaffolding structure inspections, the following should be scheduled:

  • scaffolding tie tests should also be carried out, prior to commencing work, by a suitably competent person other than the installer of the original fixings.
  • a minimum of three anchors must be tested and at least five percent of the overall quantity (1 in 20). If, when using load test equipment, any of the ties fail to meet the safety margin a full inspection is required and the rate of proofing should be doubled to 1 in 10. Each anchor should also be tested to at least one and a half times the required tensile load with no significant movement of the fixing.

A competent person must carry out general access scaffolding inspections. Written proof of the competence of persons used to inspect scaffolding should always be obtained by the person responsible for the scaffolding and inspection work.

A written report must be prepared by the competent person. The report should be written out at the time of the inspection but if this is not possible it must be provided to the responsible person within 24 hours.

A copy of the report should be kept on site and a further copy be retained for a period of three months from the completion of the work with the person on whose behalf the inspection was carried out.

If a scaffold fails inspection this must be reported by the person carrying out the inspection, to the person responsible for the scaffolding, as soon as possible.

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