As the safety in scaffolding is a huge priority, the inspection of scaffoldings can be pretty stern. The designated person who has had proper industry training is assigned to do the inspection. Any structure that has a fall hazard from height above 5m has to be inspected for scaffolding in Birmingham.
The colour code system:
It is used worldwide to indicate the safety status of the particular scaffolding. Scaffolding in Birmingham also follows this code to indicated safety.
Safe for intended use- Green colour
Special mitigation required- Yellow colour
Unsafe to use- Red colour
This can be authorised by the designated person only.
Daily inspection is carried out during the construction and erection of the scaffold and the scaffolding inspection checklist is completed and then the above mentioned colour code is used to determine the safety of the built scaffold. After installation, the scaffoldings are weekly inspected thereafter. In case of adverse weather conditions or reports of earthquake warnings, it is the duty of the hirer and the appointed person to ensure that the safety of workers is not compromised.
This can be done by a non-scaffolder and involves a simple visual test and jump test.
Before inspection, the project has to be registered with the specific details that are asked by the inspection team. A suspended scaffolding inspection has slightly different process than other scaffoldings. The scaffoldings should be checked weekly when in use and monthly when not in use to ensure maximum safety. The inspection is not only done during erection but construction that is they also check if you are using standard quality material.
Inspection is very important and it is recommended to get it done by an authorized person who is well trained in this field. Sometimes, a chartered engineer can also do the inspection.