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How to ensure your contractor is using scaffolding correctly

by , 29 October 2013
If your employees work with scaffolding, you must take steps to keep them safe. But does this apply to contractors who have to use scaffolding in your workplace? Read on to find out...

Let's say you have a contractor coming in to put signage up on your building. And he has to use scaffolding to do this.

The big question is: How do you ensure your contractor complies with the legal requirements of using scaffolding?

You have two options in this situation, says the Health & Safety Advisor.

Do the following to ensure your contractor complies with the legal requirements of using scaffolding:

Option 1: You can hire a company to put up the scaffold, inspect it, certify it fit for use and then dismantle it once the sign has been erected.

You must ensure the company has the necessary certificate to do this.

Option 2: Another alternative is to ask the sign maker to arrange for the signage to be erected. He (the sign maker) then becomes responsible for arranging safe scaffolding.

If you use this option, your contractor must provide you with the certification of the people involved in erecting, inspecting and supervising the scaffolding.

Regardless of the option you use, you still need to keep an eye on the work. And if the scaffolding doesn't meet legal requirements, stop the job until it has been corrected.

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