Scaffolding inspection and scaffolding training are fundamental to fulfilling Work-at-Height regulations and scaffolding certification. Statutory regulations also require every employer to ensure that no person engages in any activity involving work at height (including organisation, planning and supervision), or who handles any equipment intended for such use unless he or she is competent to do so.
Scaffolding is one of the highest risk occupations in the construction business and unfortunately every year there are numerous injuries and frequently deaths caused by accidents associated with scaffolds. Suppliers and owners of plant must ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the plant is without risk to safety and health when properly utilized. To identify defects, processes for regularly inspecting new and re-used scaffolding should be developed and executed.
If any affected parts are detected they should be repaired or disposed of and replaced as required. Scaffolding should meet the requirements set out in the manufacturer’s or designer’s specifications or applicable technical standards e.g. the strength of component substance. Scaffolding should be routinely inspected and maintained to ensure the continuing structural integrity of an erected scaffold.
Training and certification at onshore and offshore locations for all categories of scaffolders:
• Scaffolding Supervisor Awareness
• Scaffolding Inspector Awareness
• Scaffolding Safety Awareness for Supervisory/Inspection
• Load tests
• Certifying scaffolding structures as safe for use
• Certifying that materials conform to all relevant scaffolding safety standards before deployment to site
• Verification of design drawings with their calculations.