The value of independent scaffolding inspections
20th November 2019
It is a requirement that scaffolding is inspected after it is erected and prior to being used for the first time. Scaffolds used as working platforms should then be inspected at least weekly and after any adverse weather conditions or any other circumstance which could impact in some way on the safety or integrity of the scaffolding.
If scaffolding that forms a working platform hasn’t been formally inspected in the last 7 days, then it shouldn’t be used until an inspection has been carried out.
The Work at Height Regulations 2005 specify that scaffolding should be inspected by a competent person and it is not unusual for scaffolding suppliers to undertake inspection duties on the scaffold user’s behalf. However, it is important to note that the scaffolding hirer maintain the statutory duty to ensure that the scaffold is inspected in accordance with the Regulations.
Whilst scaffolding inspections can be carried out ‘in-house’, there are clear benefits to commissioning independent inspections. An independent inspector from a reputable provider will be highly trained and experienced. For example, all of SIMIAN’s Inspectors are CISRS qualified Scaffolders who hold, or who are working towards professional health and safety qualifications, who are also holders of CISRS SITS qualifications.
SIMIAN carries out an increasing number of ‘ad-hoc’ or ‘reassurance’ scaffold inspections (frequencies vary and are usually random, fortnightly or monthly) and our clients feedback to us that this gives them reassurance that that their routine inspections are sufficiently robust and helps them fulfil due diligence requirements in terms of ‘checking the checker’. Additionally, impartiality and objectivity is guaranteed and the inspection is based purely on compliance with industry and statutory requirements and/or any design schemes that are in place.
Our Independent Scaffold Inspection service can be tailored to meet the needs of clients of all shapes and sizes. Whether you’re a construction business looking for support with scaffolding matters, or a scaffolding provider looking to bolster existing safety and inspection arrangements, contact our team today to find out more about how we can support you!