Scaffold anchorage testing is required for all scaffolding projects where the stability of a scaffold structure is dependent on the ties used to secure a scaffold to a base structure.
Where the stability of a scaffold structure is determined by the ties used to secure the scaffold to the base structure. Anchor ties will be compromised and potentially fail if they are installed incorrectly or even correctly into a weak material. To comply with current regulations, it is critical that the proper anchor is used, that it is correctly installed, and that it is tested where necessary.
“Anchors are a crucial component of many scaffolding structures, and play an integral part in ensuring that a scaffold remains stable. For this reason, it is imperative that they are appropriately installed and fit for purpose.”
Before scaffolding, anchors are tested. This is usually required when tying into masonry or other base materials. Anchors are typically installed into masonry and pulled to a load. There are five basic material tests that must be completed.
Fixed anchors should be checked on a regular basis during scaffold inspections. Additional checks may be required following weather or vehicle damage.
Although scaffold tie anchors are considered temporary fixings, rust and corrosion will occur if left unprotected in the structure. It is therefore recommended that structures that have been in place for more than 12 months be thoroughly re-tested.
TAGSAFE LTD’s goal is to make the scaffold a safer place for contractors to work by ensuring that thorough inspections are performed every 7 days by scaffold inspectors who are entirely dedicated to scaffold inspections.
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