Guidelines for Scaffolding Inspection

Scaffolding Inspection  begins at the work area. This implies the inspector must review the zone to check if there may be any gaps, trench, or high electric links running under the structure. After analysing the environment it is crucial to fix the problem, fill the holes or whatever needs to be done.

Construction workers all need to be trained by a qualified trainer in relation to the scaffolding.

Scaffolding that are in a bad condition should never be worked on. They are unsafe and could result in your death…

A competent person needs to do the inspection of the scaffolding before you get to work on it. They need to check if any changes have been made to it and if so, then it cannot be used until the structure has been fixed.  Periodic checks should be done, especially after storms or any other changes to the environment.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) inspects all health and safety related companies and they have found that every year thousands of violations have been recorded. The common violation is that workers are over loading on the scaffolding and the structure has been up under tremendous pressure.

Use only a scaffold when a certificate of safety has been issued.

Below are some of the pre-requisites that inspectors look at:

  • The work area for the framework has been examined for risk; falling or stumbling dangers, uneven ground, and so on.
  • Scaffolding has been erected according to manufacturer’s guidelines.
  • Scaffolding has all fittings and apparatus, including base plates or wheels, introduced according to maker’s guidelines.
  • Platform has all associating gadgets between outlines.
  • Scaffolding has been planned and built by a qualified individual.
  • Scaffolding parts can carry the weight of all the required equipment including workmen.
  • Framework has uprights supported corner to corner both in the flat and vertical planes.
  • Scaffolding is completely planked without any that a hole between boards.
  • Boards don’t stretch more than 12 inches pass the ends of the scaffolding frame.
  • Stage is no less than 18 inches wide.
  • Work stages at or over 2.4m and beneath 2.4m, at least 460mm wide.

There are so much more that inspectors look at on the scaffolding. A danger to employees is better to be prevented than cured. Ensure that your scaffolding is inspected weekly and check if all workers are adhering to all rules and regulations. 

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