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Scaffold Safety Checklist

Scaffold Safety | March 24, 2022

Whether you are using a scaffold system for a large construction project or a renovation for your home, operator safety should always be your primary concern. As leading providers of high-quality scaffold rentals and services, the team at United Scaffold Supply knows that a safe operation is a productive operation. That is why we have provided a scaffold safety checklist to help you ensure that your system and project environment are safe before getting to work.

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Who Should Perform a Scaffold Safety Inspection?

Before inspecting a scaffold system and the environment surrounding it, you will first need to ensure that this inspection is carried out by a competent and knowledgeable individual. This individual is typically defined as someone who can identify existing or predictable hazards in the surrounding environment or working conditions which are unsanitary, hazardous, or dangerous to employees. They should also have the authority to take any required corrective measures needed to eliminate these hazards as receiving approval from another party can delay the project.

What to Look for During a Scaffold Safety Inspection

The following actions should be performed during a scaffold safety inspection to ensure that the system is safe for use:

  • Confirm that the scaffold conforms to the engineering plans and design requirements for the project.
  • Determine if the base plates and sills are the right size and have been properly placed on an appropriate surface.
  • Verify that the system is level and the screw jacks are appropriately adjusted.
  • Assess whether there are enough bracing components attached to securely keep the scaffold in place and stable.
  • Confirm that ties and outriggers meet the requirements for the height to base ratio.
  • Determine if the planks and decking are of an adequate grade and performance rating.
  • Check that all openings and gaps are too small for operators to fall through.
  • Confirm that workers are adequately protected by guardrails, toe boards, or fall protection systems to minimize the risk of a fall.
  • Confirm that all stairs and ladders are securely fastened, in good condition, and offer appropriate access and egress.
  • Determine if all scaffold components are correctly installed and properly performing their intended functions.
  • Verify that the system has been erected at the minimum safe distance from power lines.

To learn more about scaffold safety or to inquire about one of our scaffold system rentals, get in touch with the team at United Scaffold Supply. We can be reached through our online contact form and will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding our services.