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Inspect access scaffolding (Scaffold Inspector)


Unit Standard (SAQA Reg. No 263205)

OSHA requires the general contractor to have scaffolds and scaffold components inspected for visible defects by a competent person (Scaffold Inspector) prior to each work shift and after any occurrence which could affect a scaffold’s structural integrity. Every employer shall provide information, instructions, training and supervision as may be necessary to ensure, as far as is reasonably practicable, the health and safety at work of his employees.

A scaffold inspection may be the difference between someones life and death. If someone is injured or dies because of a scaffolding accident, the company has liabilities as well. Employers failure to provide a safe environment Section 38(2) can lead to conviction and  liable to a fine not exceeding R100 000 or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding two years or to both such fine and such imprisonment.

Successful candidates credited with this unit standard are able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of different types of access scaffolding, applications and compliance.
  • Explain the role and responsibilities of the inspector.
  • Read and interpret drawings, client requirements and other specifications.
  • Inspect and handing over access scaffolding.




Quality Assured Partner: Construction Education And Training Authority



The qualifying learner will acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to inspect access scaffolding for compliance with the South African National Standards (SANS) 10085. This course will serve, in conjunction with related unit standards, to develop the qualifying learner to function as a scaffold inspector. The area of focus of this course will be;

Occupational Health & Safety  Act 85 0f 1993

South African National Standards 10085

  • Inspections
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

What is access scaffolding?

  • Putlog Scaffold
  • Interlocking Frames
  • Free Standing Towers (Mobile And Static)
  • Walk Through Frames
  • System And Tubular Scaffolds

System Scaffold Components

  • The Sole Plates
  • The Base Plates
  • The Base Jacks
  • Couplers
  • Braces
  • Standard
  • Ledger
  • Reinforced Ledger
  • Transom
  • Toe Board
  • Toe Board Clips
  • Guardrail
  • Platform
  • Methods of Safe Access
  • Hook on Ladder
  • Trap Door

Foundations For Scaffolding

  • Existing Structures
  • Normal Foundations
  • Normal foundations

Sole Boards

  • Applications Of Sole Boards
  • Single Sole Boards
  • Double Sole Boards For Soft Soil
  • Short Sole Boards Per Standards
  • Incorrect Procedure For Placement Of Sole Boards On A Slope
  • Correct Procedure For Placement Of Sole Boards On A Slope

Classifications Of Tubular Steel System Scaffolding

Placing Of Bracing – Independent Scaffolds

Types Of Ties: Fixed

  • Through Ties
  • Boxed Ties
  • Lip Ties

Reveal Ties

  • Reveal Ties


  • Working Platforms
  • Resting Platforms

Access And Signage

  • Hooked on Ladder
  • Staircase
  • Access From The Structure


Access Scaffolding

Drawings And Calculations

Working Loads

Total Loading

Inspect Access Scaffolding

Inspecting The Scaffold

  • Equipment
  • Loading Of Scaffolding
  • Foundations
  • Ties
  • Bracing
  • Platforms
  • Access
  • Mobiles
  • Cantilever
  • Signage
  • Special Scaffolds

Basic scaffold Inspection Checklist

Scaffold Inspection Register

Hand-over Certificate

Entry Level Requirements Into This Programme?

  • Certified copy of his/her ID document
  • Erect, use and dismantle access scaffolding at NQF Level 3 (Erector Certificate)
  • School certificate Grade 7 (Std 5) or Skills certificate equivalent NQF Level 3
  • Be medically fit and in possession of a medical certificate, declaring him/her free from a condition that may prevent him/her from working safely at heights.

Learning Assumed To Be In Place And Recognition Of Prior Learning:

  • Communication at NQF Level 3 or equivalent
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 3 or equivalent.

Target Audience

  • Scaffolder Erectors
  • Supervisor
  • Safety Supervisor
  • Safety & Health Officer
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