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Control measure

Specialist advice: Scaffolding

Control measure knowledge

Scaffolding tags, normally found near the primary access point, should provide information about the scaffolding provider and their contact details. The requirements for inspecting scaffolding can be found in the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) - Scaffold checklist. Incomplete scaffolding should have a warning sign displayed. 

The competent person or scaffolding provider should have knowledge of the scaffolding and its status, such as whether it has been handed over for use, is complete and physically tied to the building or is designed to be self-supporting, and whether it has been inspected as required. 

Specialist advice or assistance regarding scaffolding may also be available from:

  • The scaffolding provider
  • Local authority building control teams
  • Structural engineers
  • Urban search and rescue tactical advisers

Strategic actions

Fire and rescue services should:
  • Make arrangements with appropriate agencies for the provision of advice or assistance regarding scaffolding

Tactical actions

Incident commanders should:
  • Look for scaffolding tags and check information, including the date of the last inspection

  • Liaise with the competent person; in the case of scaffolding this may be the scaffolding provider