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Fixed Scaffolding Blog

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.

Stay up to date with all of the latest industry and legislative news relating to the safety and maintenance of workplace equipment.

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.

Construction firm fined after worker dies from fall
Construction firm fined after worker dies from fall
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A company in Kent has been fined after an accident occurred at a construction site of six houses on Smarden Road in Headcorn, Kent. A sub-contractor, had been installing vertical hanging tiles on one of the new properties when he fell 1.8 metres through an unguarded opening in scaffolding and landed on the ground below. The accident happened on the 5th July 2017 and resulted in Mark Tolley sustaining several broken ribs and serious internal injuries including a punctured lung. He later di...


Investigation underway after scaffolding collapse
Investigation underway after scaffolding collapse
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An investigation has been launched after scaffolding succumbed to 60mph winds during Storm Henk. The scaffold tower collapsed onto a busy high street on Tuesday the 2nd January 2024. Sutton Council where the collapse happened took quick action to ensure the high street was made safe whilst the police, Sutton council and the scaffolding company investigated the incident to determine the root cause of the collapse. The scaffolding was then cleared to ensure businesses were able to continue ...


We're Supporting National Scaffolding Week 2023
We're Supporting National Scaffolding Week 2023
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National Scaffolding Week provides an opportunity for members of the industry (no matter the role) to provide advice, information and valuable insights which can influence the direction of training in the industry. The campaign, which runs from 9th – 13th October 2023 will showcase the diverse range of career options available within the industry; highlight achievements of both organisations and individuals operating within the sector and aim to inspire the next generation to take up a role ...


NASC - MAINTAINING HIGH STANDARDS IN SCAFFOLDING - 2023 Safety Report
NASC - MAINTAINING HIGH STANDARDS IN SCAFFOLDING - 2023 Safety Report
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Since the 1970's, NASC (National Access & Scaffolding Confederation) have been providing official accident and injury statistics regarding their family of over 400 contracting firms, scaffolding suppliers and manufacturers. Within this years NASC Safety Report their members have once again raised the standards within the scaffolding industry, plus this year they achieved the lowest Accident Incident Rates and Accident Frequency Rates in the entirety of NASC history reports (going back to 1975). ...


What can you inspect with TakeAIM?
What can you inspect with TakeAIM?
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TakeAIM is supplied with a number of pre-installed checklists for the most popular equipment types used for work. If TakeAIMs range of pre-loaded inspections don't have the equipment type you require, you can create your own equipment type on the TakeAIM dashboard. This enables you to create inspections, and ask the detailed question required for even the most unique piece of workplace equipment. If you'd like to see the equipment types available, plus what is included on each checklist you c...


A 64-year-old worker died after falling through cable tied guard rails
A 64-year-old worker died after falling through cable tied guard rails
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The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure was fined $125,000 in 2020 after a 64-year-old worker died, however a coroner's inquest into the death of the man has been set for next month - November 8 to 10 at Burton Law Courts. In 2020, the department plead guilty of failing to provide a safe working at height environment which could have saved the workers (James Martin) life. A jury and presiding coroner Emily Caissy will be given evidence from witnesses to determine the facts sur...


It's National Scaffolding Week
It's National Scaffolding Week
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In support of #ScaffWeek (26-30th Sept) Good to Go Safety are providing a discount on all online orders for Scaffolding products between 26-30th September 2022.  Good to Go Safety and TakeAIM provide products to ensure users / hirers can inspect and maintain their Scaffolding (along with limitless other equipment types). Shockingly there were 90 RIDDOR accidents reported by NASC members during 2021. You only have to keep one eye on HSE reports to notice the regularity of accidents reg...


4 Million Inspection Checklists Sold
4 Million Inspection Checklists Sold
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To date, Good to Go Safety have supplied over 4 million checklists to companies around the UK. If you don’t currently know about our multi-award winning inspection systems, you may be wondering why so many people insist on utilising Good to Go Safety rather than simply printing their own checklists in-house? The answers are numerous …. 1. Safety First From a safety perspective, there is a requirement under PUWER (Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations), LOLER (Lifting Operation...


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