There are several regular fixtures on certain industrial construction sites that require regular inspections for safety and efficacy, and one of the best examples here is the realm of scaffolding. Because scaffolding is used to support workers who will often be at dangerous heights, ensuring that it's always in good working order is vital for any project setup.
At Redi, we're happy to offer comprehensive scaffolding services to any industrial construction project in Wyoming, Colorado or Nevada - including help with regular inspections to confirm that your scaffolding is in great shape. Here are some basics on scaffolding inspections - how often they should take place, who should be carrying them out, and some of the key areas that must be covered during any such inspection.
When it comes to scaffolding inspection frequency, this area can be split into two: Prior to and during installation, and then post-installation.
Before and during installation, scaffolding should be inspected by a qualified inspector. They'll need to check that the components are compatible and confirm that the assembly is safe and stable.
Once the scaffold has been erected, it should then be inspected at least once per week while in use - more often if conditions warrant it (such as during bad weather). Any additional inspections should be carried out if there is a noticeable change the structure, or if repairs have been made.
Finally, it's also important to check all scaffolding prior to dismantling - and this should again be done by an experienced professional.
Scaffolding inspections should always be carried out by "a competent person whose combination of knowledge, training and experience is appropriate for the type and complexity of the scaffold," per the HSE. Translation: It should be someone who knows what they're doing, and who has the right qualifications.
In many cases, the professionals who actually erect the scaffolding will also be able to perform inspections (assuming they have the necessary qualifications). If not, however, then you'll need to source a qualified inspector from elsewhere.
Our next several sections will go over the important areas that should be covered during any scaffolding inspection.
First and foremost, mostly for robust record-keeping purposes, any inspection should note information like the date of the check, who carried it out and what kind of scaffolding was being inspected. In addition, you'll need to record some specific details about the materials used (such as their type, size, grade and make) so that they can be referenced in future inspections.
As part of the inspection process, you should also provide a brief description of the project area - including any conditions that may be impacting the scaffolding structure. This could include things like weather changes, nearby construction taking place or any other potential hazards in the immediate vicinity.
One of the most important parts of any scaffolding inspection is a list of any possible risks or safety issues noted. These may include a variety of issues, such as:
Finally, the inspector should leave a note regarding any further action that is necessary - such as repairs or replacement parts. It's also helpful to include an estimated timeline for completing these actions, so that they can be monitored appropriately.
In some cases, these required actions may dictate that scaffolding cannot be used again until the repairs and/or replacements are completed - meaning it may need to be taken down completely so that inspections and maintenance can take place.
Ultimately, an experienced inspector should have no trouble finding any potential issues with a scaffolding structure during regular checks - and their advice should be followed closely in order to ensure that all safety requirements are met.
At Redi, we take scaffolding inspections very seriously and have trained professionals on hand to make sure that all aspects of a project's setup are up to code. To learn more about how we can help with this or any other industrial construction need in Nevada, Wyoming, Colorado or any nearby area, speak to our team today.
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