Scaffolding is a routine building need, but one that should never be
taken for granted. Incidents connected to scaffolding have increased
in recent years. Who can forget the major scaffold collapse in Milton
Keynes April 2006 in which one affected workman died from his injuries?
All companies and workers using scaffolding need to be aware of the
impact of maintaining a safe and secure scaffold. Falls from elevated
platforms remain the single largest cause of workplace deaths and one
of the main causes of serious injury.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) recommends that scaffold arrangements
are reviewed regularly and that
reviews take account of factors which include, but are not limited to:
• scaffolding design implementation;
• arrangements for securing scaffolding to structures;
• intended and actual loadings on scaffolds, including the impact
• the risk of direct impact by construction plant or vehicles;
• the frequency and thoroughness of scaffold inspection arrangements;
• systems in place for the handover of new or adapted scaffolds;
• the training and competence of scaffold erectors;
• the adequacy of the scaffold foundations; and
• the prevention of unauthorized modifications.
S&D Scaffolding are required to provide a suitable stable working
platform that has been erected by its competent personnel. It is important
that you have in place arrangements to ensure this and that these arrangements
are reviewed regularly. Once erected, it is vital that scaffolds are
inspected regularly by us to ensure that they remain safe and stable,
especially after any adverse conditions (i.e. high winds).
The HSE have provided the following advice with regards to the design
of scaffolds and the competence required to maintain a safe scaffold:
Scaffolding Design Issues
• All tube and fitting scaffolds should be designed by a competent
person, unless a ‘basic scaffold’.
• System scaffolding should be designed and erected in accordance
with the manufacturer’s or supplier’s handbook.
• Any proposed modifications, or alterations, outside the system
scaffolding manufacturer’s guidelines should be designed by a
• Erection of designed scaffolding should be done under the direct
supervision of an “advanced” scaffolder.
• Handover certificates should refer to any relevant design drawings.
• Inspection of designed scaffolding should be carried out by
a competent person.
• Scaffolding should be ‘tagged’ to indicate when
they are not in use.
Safe Systems of Work
S&D Scaffolding carries out work safely at height. S&D Scaffolders
are competent professionals who carry out a risk assessment before erecting
scaffolding. Based on the findings of an assessment, a method statement
may be completed, detailing erection and striking of the scaffold.
The Work at Height Regulations set out a hierarchy for managing and
selecting equipment for work at height. Clearly,
S&D Scaffolders cannot avoid working at height; however, collective
fall prevention and protection measures, i.e. temporary working platforms
with guard rails or safety nets must always take priority over personal
fall protection systems.
When a personal fall arrest system is used, consideration must be given
to reducing the distance a person is liable to fall and the consequences
of the fall, particularly the ease of rescue of a person suspended in
Except for “basic” scaffolds, it is normally necessary for
S&D Scaffolding carry out analysis and design of any scaffold. S&D
Scaffolding Site Assessors can produce designs and calculations to include
all fall protection measures that will form part of the finished structure.
This information will be available to site personnel who will erect
S&D can arrange for a permit allowing the scaffold to be based in
the street or on another party’s land. Where required, S&D
will write a plan to deal with “in use inspections” and
procedures for modification, amendment and repair of a scaffold structure.
Any incomplete scaffold, where someone may fall or where an object could
fall and injure someone, will be clearly identified with warning signs
and access restricted by suitable physical measures to prevent unauthorized
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