Erected scaffolding should be inspected as part of a regular schedule and at certain key times in the operational cycle of the structure.
This means scaffold should be inspected:
- at commissioning
- daily – prior to use
- routinely – every 30 days by a qualified person
- prior to dismantling
Apart from routine inspections, the principles of hazard identification and reporting should be employed at all times. This means, personnel working on or around scaffolding should be alert to scaffold hazards. People should also be aware of their obligations to report scaffold damage, site conditions or work practices that could place people at risk.
A system of scaffold tagging is recommended to communicate the operational status of a scaffolding structure.