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Scaffolding is a temporary structure (constructed of tubing) used to support workers and materials to provide a safe working platform for construction, demolition, maintenance and /or repair of buildings, bridges etc.
Scaffolds are often used on sites where access to height or difficult locations is required. There are many rules and regulations in place when it comes to the use of scaffolding due to the fact that unsafe scaffolding has the potential to result in death or serious injury.
All employees must be competent for the type of work they are undertaking and should have received appropriate training. Scaffolds must be designed, erected, altered and dismantled only by competent employees and all work should be carried out under the direction of a manager or supervisor.
Employers should ensure that trainee scaffolders always work under the supervision of a trained and competent scaffolder. Operatives are classed as 'trainees' until they have completed the approved training and assessment required to be deemed competent.
It is the scaffold users / hirers responsibility to ensure that all scaffolding has been inspected following installation, at an intervals of no more than every 7 days thereafter, following any circumstances liable to jeopardise the safety of the installation e.g. high winds or heavy rain. All scaffolding inspections must be carried out by a competent person whose combination of knowledge, training and experience is appropriate for the type and complexity of the scaffold.
The inspection must note any defects or matters that could risk the health and safety of workers. The inspection should take note of any corrective actions taken, even when those actions are completed immediately.
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We will post blogs relating to HSE prosecutions and HSE accident statistics, safety initiatives and topical events relating to equipment safety and the consequences of failing to maintain equipment at work across a wide range of industries – from farming to construction, warehousing to transport and logistics. In addition we will highlight how our Good to Go Safety inspection systems could help to improve workplace safety and help your company to reduce maintenance costs while complying with key statutory legislations such as PUWER, LOLER and WAHR.