Scaffold inspections are the scaffold user / hire's responsibility. It is often thought that it is the scaffold companies responsibility to inspect but this is incorrect. Scaffold inspections on the island are unfortunately overlooked, late or just forgotten about. Mainly due to lack of education for scaffold requirements. The HSE guidance states that scaffold inspections should be carried out "by a competent person whose combination of knowledge, training and experience is appropriate for the type and complexity of the scaffold".
Scafftags seem to be the most common way to undetake scaffold inspections on Guernsey. Although they are a very good at keeping track as to when the scaffold structure was last inspected, they are actually not significant as a scaffold inspection report. When filled out correctly they do have most of the requirements for the inspection, but do miss out on important details identified in the inspection that could give risk to health or safety of any person and details of any action taken as a result of any matters identified.
Scaffold inspections should be carried out by an independent scaffold inspector, same as a building inspector is brought in to inspect the building once finished. iChecked in Guernsey's only truly qualified, competent, trained scaffold inspector. Holding both basic and advanced STARS tickets there is no scaffold we can not confidently inspect. As the regulations state all scaffold inspections should be carried out by a competent person whose combination of knowledge, training and experience is appropriate for the type and complexity of the scaffold. A temporary roof scaffold is deemed as a complex scaffold a basic one-day scaffold inspection course in not sufficient enough.
Using iChecked to manage your scaffold inspections will benefit you as we will ensure each scaffold is erected in accordance with TG20:21 regulations. With the latest scaffold purpose mobile phone app we will produce a report which will include any faults that will be photographed and a description logged, then any recommendations required to make sure the scaffold is compliant and "safe to use".
From residential projects to major commercial building, we can manage scaffolding, emphasising safety for all kinds of building projects. Our expert advice and guidance can help you make the most of your scaffolding. Whether you have a safety concern or want to discuss scaffolding design for your project, iChecked have got you covered.