Tubular scaffolding erected or dismantled incorrectly could lead to accidents involving serious personal injuries. The Work at Height Regulations 2005 require employers to assess all work at height - you can use our risk assessment as a basis when preparing a job-specific assessment for work with tubular scaffolding.
To help you to identify the hazards associated with the erection and dismantling of tubular scaffolding and the appropriate ways of controlling them, use our example Risk Assessment - Safe Erection and Dismantling of Tubular Scaffolding . It covers the generic hazards associated with this type of activity and suggests control measures to reduce risks to an acceptable level. You should ensure that your document only addresses “significant” hazards, i.e. any that could, and more importantly are likely to, cause an accident or injury.
Don’t include activities in your document that simply don’t need to be there. Work to the principle that if there is any chance of your staff being unaware of the safe way of doing something, then you will need to make it clear in your document. Finally, always ensure that any control measures you identify and follow are decided upon the principle of “so far as is reasonably practicable”.
Note. The list of potential hazards is not exhaustive. However, for your risk assessment to be considered suitable and sufficient in the eyes of the law it must accurately reflect the “significant” hazards found when erecting or dismantling tubular scaffolding at the relevant place of work.
Note. This risk assessment only deals with the generic risks associated with tubular scaffolding. As such equipment differs in size, type and function, you should ensure that your assessment reflects the site conditions where the scaffolding is to be erected and eventually dismantled.