Information on the Design Scaffolds

It is a requirement of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 that unless a scaffold is assembled to a generally recognised standard configuration. To design scaffolds, it needs to be informed and designed by bespoke calculation, by a competent person, to ensure it will have adequate strength, rigidity and stability while it is erected, used and dismantled.

At the start of the planning process, the client should supply all of the relevant information to the scaffold contractor to ensure that an accurate and proper design process is followed.

Typically this information should include:

  • the site location
  • the period of time the scaffold is required to be in place
  • the intended use of the scaffold
  • the height and length and any critical dimensions which may affect the scaffold
  • the number of boarded lifts
  • the maximum working loads to be imposed and the maximum number of people using the scaffold at any one time
  • the type of access onto the scaffold i.e ladder bay
  • whether there is a requirement for sheeting, netting or brick guards
  • any specific requirements or provisions i.e pedestrian walkway
  • the nature of the ground conditions or supporting structure
  • information on the structure or building the scaffold will be erected against together with any relevant dimensions and drawings
  • any restrictions that may affect the erection, alteration or dismantling process

For government information on scaffolding click here.



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