Falls from height are one of the biggest causes of workplace fatalities and major injuries. Work at height means work in any place where, if there were no precautions in place, a person could fall a distance liable to cause personal injury.
This includes any scaffold structure which by law must be designed and erected by competent scaffolders, inspected before it is used for the first time and then every seven days, until it is removed. It should also be inspected each time it is exposed to conditions likely to cause deterioration, for example following adverse weather conditions or following substantial alterations.
Failure to perform these inspections has led to numerous accidents, many of which have had fatal consequences.
In fact, it is not just scaffolds that should be subject to this inspection regime. These inspection requirements apply to any working platform used for construction work from which a person could fall more than 2m.
The HSE are more willing than ever to prosecute the site owner, Principal Contractor or scaffolding contractor for accidents. OM Safety Solutions Ltd competent scaffolding inspectors will provide professional and impartial advice on scaffolding and will carry out a thorough inspection every time.
For Scaffolding Contractors, the service that we provide gives confidence that an independent third party is checking the scaffold, providing external confirmation of their expertise, and giving their customers the confidence that they are demonstrating due diligence on the project.
For Principal Contractors and Site Owners, the service we provide gives them confidence that an independent expert has checked the installation, and that every week a new check is made, with a report detailing any remedial action required with a proper follow-up made.
For Site Staff, the service we provide gives them confidence that they are working on a safe site, with the knowledge that safety is of a high priority.
When carrying out inspections and tagging the scaffold structure, we use the Scafftag® system, as this is a visual control of the scaffolds use and its safety status.
Contact us to find out how we can help you remain compliant and ensure that your scaffolding is safe to use, or to arrange a free consultation with one of our expert consultants.