Scaffolding Guide


The Work at Height regulations 2005 state that scaffolds and scaffold working platforms must not be used until inspected by competent person. This inspection must is normally known as the 'hand over' inspection.

The Work at Height Regulations state that calculations must be made for strength and stability for all scaffolds. The exception being if calculations have been carried out for a previous scaffold of the same design.

Scaffold inspections must be carried out by a competent person. Although the regulations do not define a 'competent person', this would be taken as person who has an in-depth practical and theoretical knowledge of scaffolding. A competent person would also have actual experience of what they're inspecting so they would be able to detect any faults, errors, defects or weaknesses in the scaffold and act accordingly.

Kicker lifts can be possible trip hazards so due care needs to be taken. Signs that confirm to the Health and Safety regulations or a guard-rail placed at an appropriate height are measures that could be implemented to prevent persons from tripping.

Whenever work has to take place at height employers must provide a work platform that is safe and a convenient means of access and egress. The employer must comply with the requirements set out by the Work at Height Regulations 2005.

The width of the scaffold and the distance between the front and back rows of standards is determined by the intended use of the scaffold. This width should be a minimum of 600mm and is often expressed in terms of 'the number of boards wide'. The 600mm minimum width is a requirement in the Construction (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1996 which are currently being renewed.

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