The HSE has produced a checklist which should help both clients and scaffolders giving details of what type of scaffold is required.
The guidance also provides additional information stating that the scaffolding must be assembled to a recognised standard (National Access Scaffold Confederation Guidance document TG:20 2013). This latest version includes an electronic design package which enables the scaffolder to design a standard set up for the scaffolding. It should be erected by trained and competent persons i.e. an engineer who designs scaffolds that fall outside the scope of any generally recognised standard.
The HSE has said that the following information should be given to the scaffolder:
- Site location and timeframe for use of scaffolding
- Intended use
- Height and length and any critical dimensions which may affect the scaffold
- Number of boarded lifts
- Maximum working loads to be imposed
- Maximum number of people using the scaffold at any one time
- Type of access onto the scaffold e.g. staircase, ladder bay etc
- Is there a requirement for sheeting, netting or brick guards
- Any specific requirements or provisions e.g. pedestrian walkways etc.
- Locations, inclusion/provision for mechanical handling plant e.g. Hoist
- Ground conditions or supporting structures
- Information on the structure/building of the scaffold, what will this be erected against to include any relevant dimensions and drawings
- Any restrictions that may affect the erection, alterations or dismantling process
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