CROSS Safety Report
Designed scaffold built incorrectly
This report is over 2 years old
A Temporary Works Coordinator (TWC) found that scaffolding was not constructed in accordance with the approved design drawings and a number of unauthorised modifications had been made.
Key Learning Outcomes
For construction professionals:
Having a competent temporary works designer/adviser in place to supply an engineered solution can ensure all temporary works are carefully considered and planned
Verification of temporary works erection by a competent person who can oversee and coordinate the whole process can also ensure the works are installed as per the design intent
It is good practice to ensure temporary access platforms are not used on site until inspected and approved by a competent person
Find out more about the Full Report
The Full Report below has been submitted to CROSS and describes the reporter’s experience. The text has been edited for clarity and to ensure anonymity and confidentiality by removing any identifiable details. If you would like to know more about our secure reporting process or submit a report yourself, please visit the reporting to CROSS-UK page.
A Temporary Works Coordinator (TWC) was requested to inspect and issue a permit to load for designed access scaffold on a site. Prior to visiting the site, the TWC was issued with a copy of the approved design drawings and design check certificate. On inspection of the recently completed scaffolding with the scafftag attached, the TWC found that the scaffolding was not built in accordance with the approved design drawings and a number of unauthorised modifications were made.
The TWC immediately removed the scafftag and provided the site manager with a list of construction deviations from the approved design drawings for remediation. The deviations included:
Base plates incorrectly placed on sole boards
Beams not installed in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions - bracing was either missing or at incorrect centres
Puncheon standards missing couplers
Ties back to the structure were either missing or incomplete with girder clamps not being used in pairs
Insufficient scaffold tube projection through numerous fixings (due to site constrains not being allowed for in the design)
The design was revised as required and remedial measures undertaken on site prior to the TWC reinspecting the scaffolding and issuing a permit to load.
Expert Panel Comments
Find out more about the Expert Panels
Expert Panels comment on the reports we receive. They use their experience to help you understand what can be learned from the reports. If you would like to know more, please visit the CROSS-UK Expert Panels page.
There are no Expert Panel comments on this report. The Expert Panels are only asked to comment on selected reports. These are normally reports where there is an opportunity for them to help you understand what can be learned from the report.
Submit a report
Your report will make a difference. It will help to create positive change and improve safety.
Our secure and confidential safety reporting system gives professionals the opportunity to share their experiences to help others.
No feedback has yet been published for this page.