Why is scaffolding inspected?

In the UK, scaffolding companies are required to inspect their scaffolding regularly to ensure that it is safe and secure for workers to use.

This is because scaffolding can be a potentially dangerous structure, and it is important to ensure that it is properly maintained to prevent accidents and injuries.

There are several reasons why scaffolding companies need to inspect their scaffolding:

To comply with regulations: The Work at Height Regulations 2005 require that employers ensure that work at height is properly planned, supervised, and carried out safely. This includes the use of scaffolding, and scaffolding companies are required to follow these regulations to protect the safety of their workers.

To identify and fix any issues: Regular inspections allow scaffolding companies to identify any issues or problems with the scaffolding, such as damaged components or loose fittings, and fix them before they become a safety hazard.

To protect workers: Scaffolding accidents can be serious and even fatal, so it is important for scaffolding companies to ensure that their scaffolding is safe for workers to use. Regular inspections help to ensure that workers are not at risk of injury while using the scaffolding.

To protect the public: Scaffolding can also be a hazard to the general public, especially if it is located in a busy area or near a pedestrian walkway. Regular inspections help to ensure that the scaffolding is secure and not a risk to the public.