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SAFETY CHECKLIST

This general checklist to safe working practices is NOT a substitute for acquiring the statutory requirements and information from the relative Federal and State authorities and Departments. The information contained here is taken from the Scaffolding Advisory Standards Checklist 1999. The person(s) erecting, using, dismantling and maintaining Access Scaffolding needs to function with carefulness, commonsense and caution. Only a licensed scaffolder may erect a scaffold over 4 metres high.

SCAFFOLD VICINITY

  • Has sufficient public protection been provided?
  • Have sufficient safeguards against electric power lines been provided?
  • Is there sufficient control over vehicle movement?
  • Is there sufficient control over crane operation?

SUPPORTING STRUCTURE

  • Is the supporting structure in good condition?
  • Does the supporting structure have adequate strength?
  • Are there sufficient controls to prevent adverse deterioration of the structure?
  • Are all methods to strengthen the supporting structure adequate?
  • Is the risk of the supporting structure being over loaded from other sources adequately controlled?

SOLEBOARDS AND BASE PLATES

  • Are there sufficient sole boards?
  • Are the sole boards of suitable material and in a serviceable condition?
  • Are the sole boards secure?
  • Are there sufficient base plates?
  • Are the base plates serviceable and of suitable dimension?
  • Are the base plates secure?

SUPPORTING STRUCTURE

  • Are the standards bearing firmly?
  • Are the standards plumb (or as designed)?
  • Are the longitudinal spacing correct?
  • Are the transverse standard spacing correct?
  • Are the joints in standards correctly positioned?
  • Are the transoms level (or as designed)?
  • Is the bracing adequate?
  • Is the scaffold sufficiently stable?
  • Are the ties correctly positioned and correctly fixed?

PLATFORMS

  • Does the scaffolding have the desired number of work platforms?
  • Are the working platforms at the required locations?
  • Are catch platforms correctly positioned?
  • Are the platforms and supporting scaffolding constructed for the appropriate duty live loads?
  • Are the platforms correctly constructed?

ACCESS AND EGRESS

  • Does the scaffolding have the desired number of work platforms?
  • Are the working platforms at the required locations?
  • Are catch platforms correctly positioned?
  • Are the platforms and supporting scaffolding constructed for the appropriate duty live loads?
  • Are the platforms correctly constructed?

CONTAINMENT SHEETING

  • Has scaffolding been designed for wind loading on any containment sheeting?
  • Are the fixing ties secure?
  • Are there any rips or tears?
  • Are the overlap joints satisfactory?

GENERAL FITNESS FOR PURPOSE

  • Is there adequate provision for materials handling?
  • Are the clearances between scaffolding and adjacent structures correct?
  • Is there adequate protection from falling debris?
  • Has the scaffolding been adequately designed to support all attachments?
  • Are all approaches and platforms effectively lit?

MOBILE SCAFFOLD

  • Is the supporting surface hard and flat?
  • Is the area of operation free of floor penetrations, power lines and other hazards?
  • Are the castor wheel locks in working order?

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