An average of 1,000 serious injuries and 10 fatalities occur each year in the UK due to fixed scaffolding. That's an average of 19 serious scaffolding injuries every week.
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All employers have a legal responsibility to provide their staff with a safe workplace, even if their workplace is someone else’s site. 72% of scaffolding accidents were caused by planking or other support structures giving way, employees slipping, tripping or employees being struck by falling debris. Many companies don't give slips and trips priority and are often seen as being out with their control, inevitable or being the fault of the employee.
Employers using scaffolding are regulated by the Work at Height Regulations (WAHR). Regular maintenance and scaffolding inspections are vital to ensure that scaffolding remain safe, slip/trip free and stable. This is even more important after adverse weather conditions which can cause the scaffolding to become wet or unstable (a regular occurrence in the United Kingdom).
Good To Go Safety helps employers meet their legal responsibilities through the use of an innovative scaffolding tag and pre-use scaffolding inspection checklist system. The scaffoldings status can be instantly updated following any structural alterations, periods of bad weather, as part of its seven day check or daily scaffolding inspection checklist programme. Using our scaffolding inspection checklist has never been easier and can reduce maintenance costs and the risk of a costly scaffolding collapse or accident.
Using the Good to Go Safety Scaffolding Inspection checklist system ensures you're compliant with PUWER, WAHR, CDM, NASC & HSE legislation and best practice. The system is very easy to use, simply attach a tag to the scaffolding tube at point of entry to ensure maximum visibility (the status tag has been designed to sit flush to scaffolding tubes using cable ties to reduce the risk of snagging). Then complete our comprehensive scaffolding inspection checklist which has been designed in line with BS EN 12811-1 and TG20:13 guidance and provides a chronological duplicate record of all scaffolding inspection for your maintenance records as required by WAHR and PUWER. Insert the top sheet into the status tag, then all scaffolders are advised whether the scaffolding is safe to use.
Unless safety measures are in place and adhered to, any issue relating to the use of the scaffolding will expose the employers utilising the scaffolding to risk; either commercially (through financial claims or lost work), or through the courts.
Inserting completed scaffolding inspections onto the status tag provides instant confirmation that a scaffolding inspection has been completed. The inspection clearly displays the date and findings for all to see. Unlike other scaffolding inspections Good to Go Safety generates a duplicate record of each completed scaffolding inspections checklist for management records. This can provide invaluable evidence in the event of an accident involving the scaffolding.