Scaffolding is often required for large-scale construction and repairs. Whether you’re building a new commercial structure, rehabbing an existing building, or undertaking any other large-scale project, you may need a professional scaffolding company to help you set up everything you need to get started.
And, to keep your workers safe and conform to Australian workplace safety regulations, it’s important that you know when – and how often – to inspect your scaffold structure. Not sure when your scaffolding should be inspected? Read on to get details about the laws related to scaffolding inspections in Australia – and common-sense best practices that will help keep your workers safe.
When Should My Scaffolding Be Inspected?
According to Safe Work Australia, there are a number of guidelines related to scaffolding inspection.
First, any scaffold – including a spur, hung, suspended or cantilevered scaffold – from which any person or thing could fall for more than 4 metres must be inspected. The scaffold cannot be used unless there is written confirmation from a competent person, certifying that the construction of the scaffolding is complete.
Beyond this, a scaffold and all related supporting structures must be inspected by a competent person:
- Before scaffolds and scaffolding are used, if there is any incident that occurs which might compromise the structural safety of the scaffold (damage, shifting of the scaffold, etc.)
- Before the scaffold is used, after any required repairs have been completed (related to point 1)
- At least once every 30 days, to ensure the continued safety and integrity of the scaffold
In addition, if an inspection reveals that the scaffold and all related supporting structures are a health or safety risk, the scaffolding must be repaired and altered, and then examined again before the structure is used.
Finally, even scaffolds which are smaller and have a fall risk of less than 4 metres should always be inspected before use, and after there are any incidents that may compromise the structure, or after repairs, alterations, or the addition of any new material or components.
The requirements for being a “competent person” may vary – but as a rule, this means that you must be able to identify and recognize existing, predictable hazards, and understand how to take action to eliminate dangerous or hazardous working conditions, and take measures to eliminate them. If you are not an expert scaffolder, it may be best to hire a scaffolding professional for inspections, to ensure the safety of your employees, and minimize your own liability.
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With our knowledge of modern scaffolding best practices, we can help clients of all types get what they need – from construction companies, to painters, window cleaning companies and more.
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