The first step in building a scaffold includes a site inspection to identify specifically potential hazards not noted in the pre-planning. A variety of types are available to handle any job stage. Meanwhile, erectors should inspect all scaffold parts before use by looking for cracks, dents, bends, breaks, corrosion, and bad welds on metal pieces. Fittings need to be scrutinized for distorted, stripped, missing, or bent parts and scaffold planks should to be checked for cracks, splits, or other damage.
Scaffold planks should not be coated with opaque paints because they may hide defects. Any damaged scaffold parts need to be tagged, set aside, repaired, or replaced according to the manufacturer’s directions.