Checklist for SCAFFOLDING WORK

The checklists contain a series of questions to which the company should answer yes or no. All questions to which the company answers yes constitute a working environment problem that must form part of an action plan which the company must draw up in connection with the checklist. In relation to the checklists, the company must: • • • • • • answer all the questions in the checklist; comment on those questions to which the company answers “Yes” in the checklist’s action plan; consider what the cause of the working environment problems noted might be; draw up solutions to the working environment problems; comment on who is responsible for solving the working environment problems, and when these are expected to be solved; comment in writing on key working environment problems in the company that are not highlighted by the checklist.

ACCIDENTS
1. Are there workers who take unnecessary chances or do not use required personal protective equipment, e.g. helmets? 2. Are there accidents that are not investigated so that the same accident can be prevented from happening again? 3. Are there workers who have not been instructed and trained in their job? 4. Is there safety equipment that is not regularly checked for faults? 5. Are there workers who do not have the time that is needed to carry out their tasks in a reasonably safe manner? 6. Are there workers who carry out particularly dangerous work, cf. Annex 1 to the building site regulation?

Yes

No

RISK OF FALLING/EQUIPMENT FALLING
7. Is there a risk of workers being able to fall when working at height, during installation/dismantling of scaffolding, tent coverings, etc.? 8. Is there a risk of workers being able to fall from roofs, platforms, landings, etc., because of a lack of guard-rails? 9. Is there a risk of falling from lorries or ladders? 10. Is there a risk of falling through unsafe floors? 11. Is there a risk that scaffolding parts could fall from the scaffolding or during hoisting, which could hit the man on the ground, e.g. through negligent handling?

MACHINES
12. Are there machines with moving parts that are not protected by screens? 13. Are there machines without an emergency stop? 14. Is there a lack of instructions for machines that give guidelines on correct use, maintenance, etc.? 15. Are there machines that are not maintained in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions or a lack of compulsory inspection? 16. Are there workers who use machines, e.g. cranes and trucks, without being licensed to do so?

HAND TOOLS AND OTHER TECHNICAL AIDS
17. Do workers work with tools for grinding, sawing, planing, cutting, etc., in a negligent manner? 18. Is there a lack of instructions for technical devices that give guidelines on correct use and maintenance, assembly, etc., e.g. scaffolding, ladders, lifts, forklift trucks and cranes? 19. Are there workers who assemble scaffolding without having attended the compulsory scaffolding courses or who work alone without have attended the courses? 20. Are there technical devices that are not maintained in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions?

INTERNAL TRANSPORT AND TRAFFIC
21. Are there work areas and roadways that are not kept clean and tidy or that are inadequately lit? 22. Is there a risk of people being hit or crushed by vehicles, e.g. cars, lorries or trucks on the company’s premises or building site/workplace?

Yes

No

MOTOR LOADS, FALLS, ETC.
23. Is there a lack of lifting gear for heavy loads or for inappropriate lifting, pulling or pushing? 24. Are there places in the company or building site/workplace where workers can fall over things or hit themselves on e.g. tools, parts of the building or rubbish?

OTHER ACCIDENT RISKS
25.Could workers come into contact with dangerous currents that could result in electric shocks, e.g. overhead lines for electricity supply?

CHEMISTRY
BREATHING PROBLEMS
26. Are workers exposed to dust, e.g. quartz from drilling into concrete or masonry or from dust left behind from sandblasting, which is not removed properly?

ERGONOMICS
HEAVY LOADS
27. Do people work with heavy tools, implements or equipment which are lifted while working, e.g. scaffolding parts and parts for tent coverings? 28. Are heavy objects or implements carried while walking? 29. Are many objects lifted in the course of a working day? 30. Do risky situations arise when several people lift loads together? 31. Are loads lifted in awkward working positions, e.g. far from the body, above shoulder-height or below knee-height? 32. Is manual hoisting with ropes used instead of electrically operated hoists?

HEAVY PUSHING AND PULLING
33. Does considerable force need to be used to push or pull equipment such as e.g. wheelbarrows, platform trucks, sack trucks, and lifts?

Yes
34. Is the floor uneven, sloping, soft, slippery or are there steps? 35. Do workers feel that the thing that is being pushed or pulled is heavy? 36. Is the equipment faulty or is there a lack of maintenance? 37. Is the equipment designed in such a way that the working position is awkward?

No

WORKING POSITIONS
38. Do people work in uncomfortable positions? 39. Do people work with a bent back or forward or backward bent neck? 40. Do people work with their hands above shoulder-height? 41. Does the work involve stretching a long way? 42. Do people work squatting or kneeling?

NOISE
43. Are there workers who are exposed to noise which is so loud that they have to shout to talk to a person standing 0.5 - 1 metre away? 44. Are there workers who do not use ear-protectors, even when the noise is loud? 45. Does the company neglect to buy the lowest-noise machines on the market?

VIBRATIONS
46. Does the company neglect to buy the lowest-vibration machines on the market?

HAND AND ARM VIBRATIONS
47. Do workers use striking, rotating or vibrating tools or machines, e.g. drilling hammers and angle grinders in a negligent manner? 48. Do workers use tools or machines where the vibration strength, according to the instructions for use, is greater than 3 m/s2?

COLD AND HEAT
49. Does the weather have an effect, e.g. extreme cold or heat, cold wind, rain, draughts?

Yes

No

ABSENCE THROUGH SICKNESS
50. Are there conditions in the working environment that could contribute to absence through sickness? 51. Could changes in the working environment reduce absence through sickness?

OTHER
The company must be aware that special requirements are placed on the WPA in a range of areas. Among other things, the following shall apply, which the company must add to the checklist if the area is found in the company: • • • • Working environment of pregnant women Screen work Biological agents Carcinogenic substances and materials.

The company must also pay attention to the following aspects, which are not included in the checklist: • • • Indoor climate Children and young people Psychological working environment.

WPA checklist - Action Plan Cause of problem(s) Solution Person responsible Time-limit and prioritisation

The company must consider how the action plan is to be followed up, whether the action plan has had the desired effect or whether adjustments must be made. The workplace assessment must be revised at least every three years, or in the event of changes in the work, working methods or working processes that affect health and safety at work.

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