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Introduction to this document

Safety briefing - working on scaffolding

This briefing addresses the key risks associated with the use of scaffolding materials and the control measures necessary to manage them.

What’s covered?

The aim of this Safety Briefing - Working on Scaffolding is to remind well trained staff of the hazards of working on scaffolding and the precautions they are expected to apply.

Reasons for concern

There is a range of hazards arising from working on scaffolding, from falls from height, scaffold collapse to falling materials.

Control measures

The briefing describes a range of precautions which should be followed at all times, including only trained and competent scaffolders to erect and modify scaffolding and securing it to prevent unauthorised use.

Key points

Attendees must take note of the following key points:

  • All scaffolds must be erected by trained and competent scaffolders.
  • A competent person should inspect scaffolding every seven days.
  • Scaffolding must not be overloaded.
  • Scaffolding must be secured to prevent unauthorised access.
  • Faults or defects must be reported immediately.”