The answer to this question is of course affirmative. Each assembled scaffolding requires periodic inspections. The longer the scaffolding is used, the more detailed inspections should be. Inspections must always be carried out after strong wind, rainfall and other negative factors which may cause dangerous circumstances for work. Inspections should also be carried out if the scaffolding has not been in operation for more than 10 days. The regulations state that inspections should be carried out at least once a month, but the scope and activities covered by the inspection are always determined by the assembly and operation instructions. The site manager or an authorised person (competent person) is responsible for carrying out the inspections.
The scope of inspections for PD70 scaffolding is as follows:
1.) Daily inspections:
Daily inspections should be carried out by the people using the scaffolding, i.e. the employees working on the scaffolding.
The daily inspection involves checking that:
a) the scaffolding has not been damaged or deformed,
b) the scaffolding is properly anchored,
c) electrical cables are well insulated and do not come into contact with the scaffolding structure,
d) the condition of the working and communication platform surfaces is appropriate (cleanliness of platforms, in winter conditions - slip protection of platforms),
e) there are no phenomena having a negative impact on the safety of the scaffolding.
2.) Decade (ten-day) inspections:
Decade inspections should be performed every 10 days. They should be carried out by a scaffolding maintainer or an engineering and technical worker, e.g. foreman or site manager. The purpose of the decade inspection is to check that there are no changes in the entire scaffolding structure that could cause a construction disaster or create dangerous conditions for operation of the scaffolding.
3.) Ad hoc inspections:
Ad hoc inspections must always be carried out after a break in operation of the scaffolding for more than 2 weeks and after each storm with wind strength above 6 on the Beaufort scale (i.e. 12 m/s). The temporary inspection should be carried out by a commission with the participation of a foreman and building inspector. It may be ordered at any time by the building supervisory authority. Any faults encountered should be rectified after each inspection before starting work. The site manager or person authorised by him is responsible for carrying out the inspections. The results of the decade and ad hoc inspections should be recorded in the construction log by the persons performing the inspection.