Method Statement & Risk Assessment for Scaffolding

We have compiled a 5 page combined method statement and Risk Assessment for scaffolding erection.

The General Work Method
(Key steps & stages of the work required)

• Erect scaffolding under the supervision of a competent person.
• Start by laying out base plates on stable ground and ensuring proper levelling.
• Assemble scaffolding components following manufacturer’s instructions and design specifications.
• Securely fasten each component, ensuring stability and structural integrity.
• Install guardrails, toe boards, and safety nets as per regulations.
• Regularly inspect erected scaffolding for any defects or instability.
• Prioritize safe access and egress points using ladder access or stair towers.
• Ensure guardrails are installed along all open sides and ends of the scaffolding.
• Prohibit unauthorized personnel from accessing the scaffolding during erection.
• Implement fall protection measures such as safety harnesses and lifelines for workers at height.
• Establish clear communication channels among workers involved in scaffolding erection.
• Conduct toolbox talks to brief workers on safety procedures and hazards associated with scaffolding work.
• Coordinate with other trades to ensure safe access and egress around the scaffolding area.

Risks In the assessment:

• Falls from height: Moderate to high likelihood if proper safety measures are not implemented.
• Structural collapse: Low likelihood if erected by competent personnel following industry standards.
• Falling objects: Moderate likelihood, especially if tools and materials are not properly secured.
• Electrocution: Low likelihood if workers are trained to identify and avoid overhead power lines.
• Manual handling: Moderate to high likelihood if manual handling controls are not in place.
• Slips, trips, and falls: Moderate likelihood if work area conditions are not adequately managed.

General Information & Guidance

• Supervision by a competent person during erection.
• Proper planning of scaffold design and layout to ensure stability and load-bearing capacity.
• Follow manufacturer’s instructions and industry standards for scaffold erection.
• Install guardrails, toe boards, and safety nets to prevent falls from height.
• Use personal fall arrest systems (PFAS) for additional protection where guardrails are not feasible.
• Establish exclusion zones around scaffolding to prevent unauthorized access by pedestrians or vehicles.
• Secure tools and materials properly to prevent falling objects.
• Use tool lanyards and debris netting where necessary.
• Conduct thorough checks for overhead power lines before erecting scaffolding.
• Implement procedures to maintain safe distances from power lines.
• Provide manual handling training to workers.
• Use mechanical aids such as hoists or pulleys for lifting heavy scaffold components.
• Keep work areas clean and free from clutter to prevent slips, trips, and falls.
• Ensure proper lighting and signage to highlight hazards.

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A work at height Risk assessment article is on this site