Use of Fixed Scaffolds

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Work at Height is extremely high risk and it is imperative that works are planned properly. The risks posed need to be identified and appropriate measures taken to safeguard workers.

147 workers were killed in 2018/19 and falls from height sadly accounted for 40 of those fatalities (the biggest single cause).

If you use scaffolds within your business we urge you to take a look at the HSE's Scaffold Checklist - very useful information on when a scaffold design is required and what information you need to provide the competent person with.

This guide is intended to clarify when a scaffold design is required and what level of training and competence those erecting, dismantling, altering, inspecting and supervising scaffolding operations are expected to have.

Read on for information on how to ensure compliance with the Work at Height Regulations (2005). The article covers the planning process and what information the scaffold contractor would need at this stage to ensure an accurate and proper design process is followed.

Also covered is the competence and supervision of scaffolding operatives and the regulations around scaffold inspection.

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