Specifications and Requirements for Scaffolding Based on Australian Standards

July 9, 2021

Most of the specifications and requirements for scaffolding are based on AS/NZS 1576, and 4576. To ensure the scaffolds are in safe operating condition at all times, procedures must be put in place for inspecting and caring for them. We provide you with the following guide to scaffold inspection and maintenance to help you come up with your own methods of accomplishing both tasks.

Elevation Requirement

You must not use scaffolds of a cantilevered, suspended, hung or spur nature or for that fact, any scaffold where an object or a person can fall from a height of more than four metres prior to a qualified person inspecting them. No one should use scaffold unless you receive written confirmation that an inspection has taken place and is safe. Also, a full inspection should take place after any repairs are performed before anyone is allowed to use the scaffold. While in use, the scaffold should receive an inspection at a minimum of once every 30 days. When an inspection discovers that the scaffold or related supports are at risk for causing injuries you must take the following actions: any issues must be addressed with repairs, additions or alterations; and the scaffold and its supports must undergo another inspection by a qualified person before it is used


At all times, you must keep unauthorised people from accessing scaffold whether it is incomplete, complete, attended or unattended to prevent injuries and even death. Only people used to walking or working on scaffold should do so for the sake of safety. If there is an incident, the scaffolds must be inspected immediately to discover it occurred and what actions need to be taken, if any, to restore the safe condition of the scaffold.


Handover Inspection: This type of inspection is for after the scaffold is erected to ensure that it was installed correctly and is safe for the workers to use. This is another time that a written confirmation is necessary before allowing people to access the scaffold.

Post-Handover Inspection: After handover is complete, this is when the rule of an inspection taking place once every 30 days comes into play. Also, the supplier should be consulted at various intervals. It is extremely important to notice any signs of corrosion from weather exposure too during these inspections since it can weaken the structure just as much as other issues can if not addressed promptly.

For further facts about proper scaffold inspection and maintenance procedures based on Australian Standards, consult with our company, C&N Scaffolding. We specialise in the hire and installation of Kwickstage scaffold for use on residential projects in Melbourne and the surrounding areas.

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