This toolbox talk is focused on scaffolding requirements. The General Safety Regulations define scaffolding as any temporary elevated platform and supporting structure used for supporting employees and materials or both. It is also important understand that scaffolding is classed under “temporary works” and requires a daily inspection to be conducted. The use of scaffolding structures is widely accepted as sufficient and safe in the construction industry.

Scaffolding is installed at the very beginning of any construction project or maintenance work. It is a temporary platform that offers support, elevation, and enables workers to carry materials and conduct their work during the construction process. This can include, but is not limited to, repairs and cleaning. Scaffolding is erected before construction. This is to ensure workers are safe while the building is being maintained or constructed.

The types of scaffolding structures mainly consist of independent, birdcage and tower scaffolding structures. Scaffolding erectors must also be competent to erect structures and scaffolding activities must be supervised by competent appointed scaffolding supervisors. 

Toolbox talk scaffolding requirements – Important aspects to adhere to:

  • Tampering with scaffolding is illegal.
  • Modifications can only be done by competent scaffolding erectors.
  • Scaffolding structures must have information tags displayed.
  • Scaffolding structures must be adequately braces.
  • Scaffolding structures must have safe access provided.
  • Scaffolding structures must be fully boarded.
  • Scaffolding structures must have handrails, knee rails and toe boards fitted.

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