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Safety briefing - scaffold towers

This briefing addresses the key risks and control measures associated with the use of scaffold towers.

What’s covered?

The aim of this Safety Briefing - Scaffold Towers is to alert staff of the need to erect, use and dismantle tower scaffolds safely.

Hazards and risks

The briefing identifies the hazards and risks including towers being erected on uneven ground or incompletely, e.g. missing guardrails or toe boards. It spells out that failing to erect and use a tower scaffold properly can result in falls from height.


Control measures include ensuring staff erecting the tower are appropriately trained, it is set up on firm ground and isn’t moved whilst people are on it.

Key points

Attendees must take note of the following key points:

  • Tower scaffolds should only be erected and dismantled by trained, competent staff.
  • Such scaffolds should always be erected on a stable ground surface.
  • An internal access ladder, guardrails and toe boards should always be provided.