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Working at height

Scaffold checklist – A guide for when scaffold design is required and what level of training and competence those erecting, dismantling, altering, inspecting and supervising scaffolding operations are expected to have obtained.


Managing work at height follows a hierarchy of controls – avoid, prevent, arrest – which begins with the question – can the work be done safely from the ground? Fall restraints and safety netting should only be considered as a last resort if other safety equipment cannot be used.

  • Assessing work at height - Assess the risks, take precautions, and issue clear method statements for everyone who will work at height.
  • Roof work - Plan safe access, and prevent falls from edges and openings.
  • Fragile surfaces - The hierarchy of controls for working on or near fragile surfaces is avoid, control, communicate, co-operate.
  • Ladders - When it’s appropriate to use ladders – and the three key safety issues – position, condition and safe use.
  • Tower scaffolds - Select the right tower for the job; erect, use, move and dismantle the tower safely; ensure that it is stable; inspect it regularly; prevent falls.