Preventing unauthorised access onto scaffolding and other work platforms

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has issued a safety alert regarding the prevention of unauthorised access onto scaffolding and other work platforms.
This alert has been issued to remind contractors and those in control of construction work involving scaffolding and access to ladders, of the need to assess the site and ensure suitable and sufficient measures are in place to prevent members of the public and especially children from climbing scaffolds and ladders.
This alert sets out basic measures and actions which must be taken to prevent unauthorised access onto scaffolding and work platforms. The actions required includes:
  • Site assessment;
  • Site perimeter fencing;
  • Local fencing to vulnerable areas on the scaffold;
  • Ladder removal;
  • Ladder guards; and
  • Other controls, e.g. CCTV.
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