When you use any kind of scaffold, regardless of the height it reaches or the length of the project, safety must be a priority. A key thing here is to be proactive with inspections. It is the best way to monitor the stability of the structure. As one of the top names for scaffolding Durham has, we can give clients clear advice on how often they should inspect their scaffold.
When to inspect?
The first inspection of the scaffold should take place straight after installation. That way a competent person can ensure everything is safe and secure.
Following the first inspection, the scaffold should be ready to use. However, if there is a period between installation and use, a second check may be necessary.
During the project, it is good practice to do periodic inspections of the scaffold. HSE recommends that they should be at no more than 7 day intervals. So, the longer the project runs, the more checks you will need to do.
In addition, it is essential to check the scaffold if there has been any circumstances that may have affected the structure. For example, if there has been a period of heavy winds, there may be stability problems.
An inspection may also be necessary if you make any alterations to the scaffold. For example, if the project calls for a change in the layout, a check is a good idea.
It is also good practice to keep a record of each inspection. The competent person should note any defects or concerns they have. If there has been any corrective action, there should be a record of this too.
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HS Scaffolding NE Ltd has a great track record when it comes to safety and successful projects. We can support clients in various sectors. Whatever your needs, we can design a scaffold to give you the safe access you need.
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