It doesn’t matter whether you’re new to the industry or just looking to refresh your knowledge, if you want to know how to inspect scaffolding then our handy guide is here to help. We’re going to look at the basic elements of a scaffold inspection, as well as some products that can help you stay compliant and safe on site.
Please note: this guide is not designed to explain any legislation in detail, but is intended to provide an overview. It is worth remembering that a wide range of people have legal responsibilities when it comes to scaffolding. This could include self-employed workers, clients or anyone else associated with the project.
Scaffold inspection procedure
When using scaffolding, it is the hirer or user’s responsibility to make sure that all scaffolding has been inspected:
- before the first use, or following an installation
- at least every seven days
- following any event or occurrence that could jeopardise the safety of the structure, for example after heavy rain or high winds.
When filling in the report, the inspector should note any defects as well as matters that could put workers/the general public at risk. Even when corrective actions have been taken, the steps taken to correct a problem should be written down. It’s important to make a record of issues even if they’ve been resolved, as they could recur in the future.
Who can carry out a scaffold inspection?
A scaffold inspection should be carried out by someone whose knowledge, experience and training is appropriate for the type of scaffold structure. They may have a CISRS card, which means that their competence has been assessed by the CISRS record scheme. There are two types, a ‘Basic Scaffold Inspection’ Card and an ‘Advanced Scaffold Inspection’ Card.
Alternatively, they may have received training whilst inspecting a specific type of system scaffold from a supplier or manufacturer. You might also be surprised to hear that non-scaffolders could be deemed competent to inspect basic scaffold structures. An example would be a site manager who has attended a scaffold inspection course.
Furthermore, a non-scaffolder who has attended an inspection course (for example a site manager) could be deemed able to inspect a basic structure.
George Roberts can help with your scaffold inspections
At George Roberts (NW) Ltd, we’re always on hand to provide scaffold solutions. To help assist with your scaffolding inspections, we have two products that could be of use.
- Scafftag Blue Book – this comprehensive book offers a straight-forward system for the management of your scaffolding. As well as containing risk assessment and legislative guidance, it also contains fault notification and inspection reports which could come in useful.
- Scafftag Scaffold Tags – this kit provides a simple and easy-to-use tagging system for recording inspections on site. It can help you stay compliant and adhere to health & safety and legal requirements.
Check out our full range of Scafftag Tagging Systems on our online shop today.