Working At Height/Ladders/Scaffolding/Equipment

May 2019

The Work at Height Regulations 2005 require you to inspect the equipment you use for working at height and these template Checklists, Inspection Forms, Toolbox Talks and Risk Assessment Forms have been designed to assist you with this ongoing task. These document templates are suitable for construction sites and can also be used in other workplaces such as workshops and factories. In addition, if you need to show proof of your maintenance regime, these forms and checklists can be used for accreditation organisations or prequalification questionnaires (PQQ).

Scaffold inspections are the legal obligation of the scaffold hirer and should be conducted before first use of the scaffolding and every 7 days thereafter. Scaffold inspections should also take place after adverse weather conditions and major alterations. It is also important to be aware that some of the inspections, such as inspecting scaffolding, can only be carried out by a “competent person”.

Ladders and steps are used daily and are often used to carry considerable loads. Ladders can also be subject to poor treatment, for instance, they might be thrown in the back of a van or onto the ground where they could be run over by vehicles or other site machinery. Many people are injured every year because damaged ladders or steps have failed. The template Safety Inspection Checklist has been written to assist a contractor in assessing, checking and recording the condition of their ladders and steps. It is recommended that this Inspection Checklist is used in conjunction with the Ladder Register.

The contents of this Newsletter are for reference purposes only and do not constitute legal advice. Independent legal advice should be sought in relation to any specific legal matter.

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