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Scaffold Safety Inspection

Increase safety during scaffolding construction by means of inspections with digital checklists.

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Scaffold Inspection Checklist Template

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OSHA Scaffolding Inspection Checklist

Use this OSHA scaffolding inspection checklist template to inspect scaffolds before each work shift and after any event that may have caused damage.

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Scaffolding Inspection Checklist Template

Use this scaffolding inspection checklist to inspect scaffold components and ensure that no defects were recorded.

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Scaffolding Toolbox Talk Template

Use this scaffolding toolbox talk template for a work instruction to remind your staff of general demands of safety precautions.

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Conduct mobile scaffolding inspections on the go using the checklist templat for all safety checks.

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What is a scaffolding safety checklist?

Working at heights poses some risks to employees and passersby. That's why there are several requirements that must be met when erecting and using scaffolding. An inspection of the scaffold by a specialist for occupational safety or other suitable employee ensures that a scaffold has been erected in accordance with the applicable regulations. These can be taken from various sets of regulations.

To perform a risk assessment in scaffolding construction according to a uniform pattern is useful for identifying recurring assembly and equipment errors in a scaffold. Digital checklists provide an excellent basis for conducting a critical and thorough assessment of the scaffold in accordance with regulatory standards.

Learn more about scaffolding safety in this article:

1. The importance of a scaffolding inspection

2. 6 tips for scaffolding safety inspection

3. Digital checklists and forms for scaffolding safety

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Why scaffolding inspections are important

Construction scaffolding is a part of the abreit foundation for the construction industry. After all, nearly 65% of construction work is done using scaffolding. However, the risk of accidents when working with scaffolding is also very high. Almost 72% of work accidents on construction sites is related to scaffolding. Often, the planks gave way, part of the support system collapsed, or there was a slip on the planks.

Because scaffolding accidents happen all the time and cause serious injuries, it is essential that thorough inspections of construction site scaffolding take place. These help to manage and control the risks associated with scaffolding.

Thorough scaffold inspections identify both the obvious and subliminal hazards that threaten the stability of the ground, scaffold tower and work structure. This is where the use of a step-by-step checklist of specific items to check on a scaffold structure is appropriate to ensure the safety of all workers on a job site. This includes instructing employees on the safety requirements for installing and assembling scaffolding.

6 tips for scaffolding inspection

Before performing an inspection on scaffolding, every company should be aware of its responsibilities to its employees and passersby. Thorough safety plans and regular inspections help manage and control potential hazards and risks. This includes a marking system to identify both safe and unsafe equipment, and training from staff so they are aware of regulations and hazards.

  1. Setting up the scaffold
    The erection of the scaffold should be done by a competent person under the supervision of a person experienced in scaffolding. This means that the design of the scaffold should be by a licensed professional engineer who will ensure that the recommended safety regulations are followed.

  2. Stability of the scaffold
    Never overload the scaffold with equipment or other materials. All planks used in the construction of the scaffold must be capable of supporting the load applied to them on site. The scaffold shall be braced and secured, and braces, posts, and supports shall not be removed unless suitable replacements are used.

  3. Scaffold Access
    Access to all scaffold platforms shall be safe and unobstructed. Any ladders or stairs used for access must be located so that the scaffold will not become unstable. If a ladder is used for access, it must be securely attached to the scaffold and extend at least 3 meters above the platform.

  4. Materials and Coverings
    Materials and decking used in scaffold construction should be load-bearing wood or metal such as aluminium. Planking should be a minimum of 2" x 10" boards suitable for scaffolding. It should be no longer than 3 meters for light-duty, 2.5 meters for medium-duty and 1.8 meters for heavy-duty. Planks should extend at least 6 meters but less than 10 meters beyond their supports. The poles, legs and posts must be plumb and securely braced to prevent sway.

  5. Railings and toeboards
    Any scaffold that exceeds the height requirement must have guardrails on all open sides or ends. Scaffolds between 1 and 2 meters in height with a horizontal dimension of less than 1 meter must also have guardrails on the open sides and ends. Guardrail posts shall not be more than 2 meters apart and shall be 2" x 4" and approximately 1 meter high. Scaffolds taller than 10 meters must also have toe boards on all open sides and ends.

  6. Working on Scaffolds
    Any scaffolding on a job site must always be protected from hazards above. Slippery conditions must be removed as soon as possible. Work should not be performed on scaffolds during continuous rain or high winds. In addition, scaffolding must be kept free of all tools, materials and other debris that pose a potential work hazard.

A digital tool for scaffolding safety

With Lumiform's free scaffolding safety app, digital checklists can be used to conduct comprehensive inspections of scaffolding. This optimizes safety on every job. Data as well as image material can be easily captured via smartphone or tablet and easily evaluated via the desktop software. This helps prevent injuries when working on scaffolding.

The mobile, powerful app offers for scaffolding safety:

  • With the flexible form builder, individual paper lists are converted into digital checklists within minutes.

  • Lumiform offers pre-made templates to get you started digitally quickly and securely.

  • Using the super intuitive mobile app, teammates can easily collaborate and save time on each inspection.

  • All inspection results are automatically bundled into one report and can be sent to stakeholders.

  • Comprehensive analyses help to uncover risks and hazards in scaffolding design more quickly and thus continuously improve safety standards.

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