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What is a scaffold inspeciton checklist?

A scaffold inspection checklist should be used to identify installation oversights and equipment defects of a scaffold. These checklists should carry out critical and thorough evaluation of the scaffold’s strength, rigidity, stability, and should pass the regulatory standards.

Why are Scaffolding Safety Inspections important?

Scaffolding work is vital to the construction industry as 65% of the construction industry work on scaffolds frequently. With the importance of scaffolding work in construction projects, it is crucial that erectors and users involved in scaffolding work be protected through scaffolding safety inspections. These inspections help manage and control the inherent risks of scaffolding work. Thorough scaffold inspections help spot both the apparent and underlying hazards that threaten stability of the ground, scaffolding tower, and work structure – helping protect the livelihood of the workers involved.

Learn the DO’s and DONT’s of scaffolding safety in this article.

What are the scaffold inspection requirements?

Generally, scaffold inspections must be performed in these three instances:

  • after installation or assembly in any position
  • at least in intervals of 7 days thereafter
  • after any circumstances that can jeopardize the safety of the scaffold

The scaffolding inspection procedure should involve a rigorous assessment of scaffolding parameters (e.g. posts, frames, base plates, footing), appropriate scaffolding materials, guardrails and mid-rails, distance from power lines, performance of scaffolding workers, and possible faults in planks. An extensive scaffold inspection checklist can help outline these necessary steps to ensure every aspect of the scaffold inspection is covered.

Scaffolding inspection should be conducted by a scaffold competent person who possesses the minimum qualifications prescribed in their country of work. A final report must be provided by the assessor after each scaffold inspection, which must then be retained at the site until the construction work is completed.

The specifics of the US OSHA scaffolding inspection requirements can be found on the Inspection Procedures for Enforcing Subpart L, Scaffolds Used in Construction – 29 CFR 1926.450-454, while scaffolding work done in the United Kingdom should follow the guidelines on the UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE)’s Work at Heights Regulations 2005.

Choosing the Right Technology for Scaffold Inspections

Using a free scaffolding inspection software like iAuditor, you can use digital scaffold inspection checklists to perform comprehensive inspections and heighten safety in every scaffolding work. Record data, capture photo defects, and recommend actions to prevent injuries when working on a scaffold.
Know how to conduct better inspections by downloading this collection of general and featured OSHA checklists covering scaffold quality evaluations and other best practice scaffold inspection checklist, and customize them to suit your own scaffolding safety requirements.


Sare Hawes

SafetyCulture staff writer