Working with Scaffold

DO NOT use this machine unless you have been authorised and instructed on its safe use and operation.


Potential Hazards

  • Unstable ground
  • Overturning
  • Collapse
  • Falling
  • Electric shock
  • Scaffolding

Pre-Operational Safety Checks

  • Undertake/confirm the workplace risk assessment (document control).
  • Check the test equipment and PPE.
  • Consult with other workers/contractors involved.
  • Clear area and use appropriate barricades and signage.
  • Observe No live-work policy.
  • Check services in the work area.
  • Isolate services as required.

Operational Safety Checks

  • Erect scaffold in accordance with the manufacturer’s or supplier’s instructions.
  • Place appropriate sole boards under standards.
  • Involve employees in preparation.
  • Ensure the handrails are fitted as erection proceeds.
  • Ensure safe distances are maintained from conductors.
  • Shield all exposed conductors in the work area.
  • Check surfaces on which the scaffold is to be used.
  • Use scaffold only on stable, level surfaces in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Secure working area.
  • Barricade working area, erect signs, tie tools on, and secure objects left at height.
  • Ensure adequate lighting.
  • Wear appropriate personal protective equipment.
  • Stay wholly within the scaffold at all times.
  • Working on the scaffold.
  • Use appropriate fall protection. 
  • Ensure SWL is observed and wheels are locked when in working position
  • Use the scaffold only in wind less than 12.5 m/sec.
  • Use correct technique and seek assistance as required.


  • Ensure the work area is left clean and tidy.
  • Do not leave unnecessary tools or equipment on the scaffold.  

Version 2.0 - created 9 November 2020 Document type: SWP