scaffolding inspection and maintenance

Guide to Scaffolding Inspection & Maintenance

We have created a complete scaffolding guide that provides you with all of the relevant and important information on the inspection and maintenance of scaffolding systems, including certification information to ensure that your scaffold is safe to use on site.

Inspecting Scaffolds:

The procedures that should be implemented should be designed and developed in inspecting and maintaining the scaffolding structure to ensure that it is safe to use, and continues to be used in a safe condition.

For a scaffolding system that is suspended, hung or for any other scaffold in which a person, tool or construction material may fall from a height of 4 or more meters:

  • The scaffolding system that is intended to be used should not be in operation unless a qualified or competent person has thoroughly inspected the construction, the scaffold is complete and there is written confirmation of the processes from the competent person.
  • The qualified or competent personnel should inspect the scaffolding system before the scaffold is in use after an incident has occurred that may affect the stability of the structure, before the scaffold is in use after any repairs have been conducted or at least once every 30 days.
  • If an inspection has been conducted and there is any indication that either the scaffolding system, or the supporting structure creates any form of risk to health and safety, all necessary repairs, changed or additions should be made immediately. It is also important that while the scaffold is incomplete or not attended by the right competent person that any unauthorised access to the scaffold is prevented to minimise the risk of injury.
  • It is especially important that when a scaffolding system is in place for prolonged periods of time, specifically those structures that have a fall risk that is above 4 meters, are inspected for any potential repairs or alterations.

Handover Inspections:

Once a scaffolding system has been carefully and properly erected, a handover inspection should take place and be completed to ensure that the system is safe to use. There is usually a handover certificate that will be given from a competent or qualified person. If there are any alterations, repairs or changes that need to be made, a further inspection should be completed and thus a new handover certificate should also be provided. This handover certificate should be kept on the site or at the workplace until the scaffolding system has been correctly and safely dismantled.

Post-handover inspections:

Thorough and regular post-handover inspections should be conducted once the scaffold has been erected and is in use. How frequently these inspections should take place are all dependant on the size of the scaffolding system, how often the scaffold is in use, the conditions of the  surrounding workplace, the whether conditions and if there is any risk of the scaffolding collapsing. For scaffolds that reach a greater height, and have a fall risk, of 4 or more meters, an inspection should take place at least once every 30 days. If you are unsure of the minimum requirements of when you scaffolding system should take place, it is best to consult the designer or supplier of the system when the scaffold is first installed and constructed.

If an inspection has been conducted and there are problems that have been identified to comprise the integrity of the structure, all access onto the scaffolding system should be monitored and controlled to a minimum amount of personnel until all repairs, alterations and additions have been safely completed. Once this work has been completed, another inspection must be conducted on the structure. Written confirmation from the  scaffolding expert or competent person is required and a new handover certificate should be given.

All scaffolding inspections and maintenance should also be conducted on the stored scaffolding elements, along with the components that are in use. It is important to remember that any elements that are stored in areas that are exposed to whether elements can become corroded and can compromise the integrity of the entire system.

All of the inspection records should include all relevant information, including the location, comments, date and time of the inspections, along with the details of the person who carried out the inspection.


The suppliers, along with the owners of the worksite, must ensure that the site is scaffolding system is without risk to the health and safety of all personnel on site when the scaffold is used properly. If the scaffolding system contains components that are not in their optimal condition, they it is imperative that they should either be repaired, or disposed of properly and adequately replaced as required. The scaffold should be inspected regularly and thoroughly to ensure that the structural integrity of the system is not compromised.

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