Regular inspection and strength testing is recommended for each scaffolding plank, whether you own your planks or contract plank hire on your construction site. The regularity of inspection and strength testing is highly dependent on the frequency and type of use.
The following is an over view of the key points straight from the Scaffolding in NZ Good Practice Guidelines that GHL follows. These good practice guidelines provide advice on the safe design, use, and maintenance of scaffolding. They set out WorkSafe New Zealand’s (WorkSafe) expectations about how to comply with health and safety law, including the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 and the Health and Safety in Employment Regulations 1995.
Visually inspect planks before use.
All these marks and imperfections can decrease the structural strength of the plank and thereby void the safety of the scaffolding. They may also point to other underlying imperfections that could cause further weakening of the plank. A scaffolding plank showing any of these signs of wear and tear, should be withdrawn from use immediately and tested using the mechanical test to measure the planks strength.
Storing your planks
Correct storage of unused planks is essential in maintaining the integrity of the plank for future use and reduces the likelihood of reduced service life due to decay. Planks that have been wet over an extended period of time (months), is likely to result in fungal decay.
The regularity of inspection and strength testing is highly dependent on the frequency and type of use.
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