Scaffolds must be inspected before putting them to use and periodically after installation. Scaffolding code of practice lays down following things to consider while inspection:
Look for adequacy of safety measures in the vicinity of scaffold. Make sure controls are in place for vehicle movements, crane movements and scaffolds are away from trenches and excavations.
Check the condition and strength of supporting structure. Ensure it is in good condition. Check if scaffold is built on solid ground. If it is built on soft ground check if soleboards are used to properly distribute the load of scaffold.
Soleboards and Baseplates
Almost every Scaffolding Hire Sydney company should have sufficient soleboards and baseplates. Check if soleboards are sufficient, they are built of suitable material and are in a serviceable condition. Check if they are secure. Check if baseplates are of appropriate type, they are of serviceable condition, it is of suitable dimensions etc.
Scaffold Hire Sydney companies need to follow appropriate standards regarding structure of scaffold. Make sure scaffold is sufficiently stable, check if the joints in standard correctly position, check its security provisions, check correctness of lift heights, correctness of horizontal ledger spacing, make sure the scaffold is sufficiently stable, check if the ties are sufficiently stable and fixed.
Security measures with respect to platforms must be given priority. Check if the working platforms are at required locations, check if the catch platforms are at required locations, make sure the catch platforms are correctly positioned. Check if platforms are correctly constructed.
Access and egress
Check if temporary stairways correctly installed, portable ladders are of industrial grade and access ways and platform are properly installed.
Containment sheeting is predominantly used for securing the structure and scaffolds against unfavourable weather conditions. Check if it is fitted properly,make sure there are no rips or tears, check that overlaps and joints are satisfactory.
Mobile scaffolds are used for small operations and mostly repair work.Check if the supporting surface is hard and flat. It is crucial to ensure that castor wheels are locked at all points of time except while moving scaffold.