Scaffold is erected so that it is independent of the structure and does not rely on it for its primary stability. However, it is usual to tie the scaffold to the structure to give it stability and prevent movement. It is important that ground conditions are suitable to support the entire weight of the scaffold. Its usual for base plates and sole boards to be used to spread the weight over a greater area.


  • Scaffolds should only be erected by trained workers and inspected by a competent person
  • Should have guard rails and toeboards fitted
  • Should have a safe method of access and egress
  • Should be at a suitable height to conduct the work

Do not:

  • Overload the structure
  • Allow anyone who is not trained and competent to tamper with the scaffold

Main hazards:

  • Falls from work platform
  • Falling objects or materials
  • Collapse of the structure

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