Scaffolding can be extremely useful in construction and is used to ensure that workers remain safe when working at height. No matter the size of the project or the scope of the construction work required, scaffolds are complicated installations that need to be designed and installed by specialists.
Once the scaffold has been erected, it is important that it is inspected before use. Having your scaffold inspected is a legal requirement – and, it’s not just one inspection that should be carried out. For your convenience, we’ve put together a mini guide on how often your scaffolding should be inspected and the importance of doing so.
Firstly, let’s take a quick look at why it is so important to have your scaffolding inspected. Scaffolding is used to create a safe working platform for those working at height – something that can be extremely dangerous and risky without the correct safety measures in place.
While scaffolding is designed to make the job safer, it does come with its own risks. For example, if scaffolding is not erected correctly or has become damaged, it can result in serious accidents or injuries. This is why it is important that it is regularly inspected and monitored for potential issues.
Once a scaffold has been erected, it should be inspected by a professional to ensure that it is safe for use. This inspection is typically recorded in the form of a handover certificate. Once the scaffold has passed the inspection, it is safe to use – however, this is not where the inspections end.
Following the first inspection, the scaffold should then be regularly inspected. It is important that these intervals do not exceed seven days – if they do, no one should use the scaffold as it may not be safe. There are lots of different factors that can affect the safety of scaffolding, from weather conditions to general wear and tear, which is why it is essential that scaffolding is regularly checked.
Additional inspections may also need to be carried out. For example, if the scaffold is altered in between inspection dates, it will need to be reassessed to ensure that it is still safe to use. Severe weather conditions, such as strong winds or heavy snow, may also require additional inspections of the scaffolding.
At DH Scaffold Services Ltd, we offer scaffold inspection services in the UK to help you ensure that your scaffolding is safe to use. To book an inspection, simply get in touch with us today.