Scaffold Inspection Form

Use this Scaffold Inspection Form for daily pre-use inspections and regular scaffolding safety checks, as part of the construction site safety measures.

Scaffold Inspection Form



Before Using The Scaffold

1. Has this work location been examined before the start of work operations, and have all the appropriate precautions been taken?


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2. Will fall protection be required when using this scaffold?


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3. Has the scaffold been set up according to the manufacturer's instructions?


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General Rules For All Scaffolds

1. Can scaffold components support at least four times their maximum intended load?


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2. Is the scaffold fully planked with no more than a 1” gap between planks?


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3. Is the platform at least 18 inches wide (12 inches on pump jacks)?


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4. Are guardrails used, or is a personal fall arrest system used if the work height is >10 feet?Were the following used as guardrails: top rail, midrail, toeboard, and posts?


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5. Is the scaffold 14” or less from the face of work if workers remove front guardrails (18” for plasterers)?


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6. Do planks not extend past the ends of the scaffold frames more than 12 inches?


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7. Are casters locked before work begins?


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8. Is the work platform free of clutter, mud, snow, oil, or any tripping hazard?


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9. Is there a minimum power line clearance of 10 feet?


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10. If the scaffold is defective, has it been removed from service and tagged out?


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General Rules For Supported Scaffolds

1. Is the height-to-base width ratio less than 4:1 (no guying, ties, or braces required)?


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2. If the ratio is over 4:1, are the scaffolds restrained from tipping by guying, tying, or bracing?


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3. Are all scaffold frames and uprights using base plates (mud sills required if on dirt)?


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4. Are the footings level, sound, and rigid, with no settling occurring?


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5. Are unstable objects such as blocks, bricks, buckets, etc., not used as work platforms or to support scaffolds?


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6. Are riggers secured and installed correctly?


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General Rules For Access

1. Is there no more than a 2’ step up or down or a 14” step across to get on or off a platform?


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2. Is the ladder's first rung not more than 24” above the ground?


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3. Are hook-on and attachable ladders designed for the scaffold?


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4. Do add-on ladders have a rung length of at least 11 ½”?


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5. Do built-in ladders (part of the scaffold frames) have a rung length of at least 8”?


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6. Do the rungs line up vertically for the entire height of the scaffold?


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7. Are cross braces not used for climbing up or down from the scaffold?


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