1. Check the Guardrail Systems.
All guardrails should be structurally sound and securely fastened to the scaffolding. Inspect all rails, posts, and mid rails for any bends, dents, rusting, or other signs of wear and tear.
2. Inspect Platforms, Ledgers, and Bracing.
Check that platforms and ledgers are secured in line with the structure of the scaffold, and that bracing is properly positioned. Look out for any holes, splinters, or other signs of damage.
3. Test the Stability of Scaffolding.
Ensure that the scaffolding is stable and secure by verifying all braces and ties are connected firmly and did not move while testing.
4. Examine Ladders for Security & Damage.
Check ladders for secure connections to the scaffolding, and make sure they fit tightly with no wobbling. Ensure all ladder rungs are structurally sound without any cracks or bends.
5. Ensure All Connections are Securely Fastened.
Verify that fasteners, such as bolts and nuts, are securely tightened. Check for any missing or loose parts.
6. Pay Attention to Tie-Ins & Horizontal/Vertical Tubes.
Ensure that all tie-ins are firmly connected to the structure of the scaffold, and that horizontal and vertical tubes are securely fastened.
7. Verify Working Load Rating is Not Exceeded.
Check the maximum weight load rating for the scaffolding, and make sure it is not exceeded.
8. Make Sure Base Plates Are Properly Set Up.
Base plates should be correctly set up and leveled on the ground before erecting scaffolding.
9. Look Out For Defective Parts or Missing Pieces.
Inspect all parts of the scaffolding for damage, and check that all pieces are present.
10. Review Safety Requirements for Users.
Finally, employers should review safety requirements for users of the scaffold. Ensure that proper fall protection and other protective equipment are in place and that all workers are aware of any potential risks associated with using the scaffolding.