ES&H Manual



6132 Appendix T4

Scaffold Inspection Procedure



1.0             Purpose


Scaffold structures at Jefferson Lab are inspected by a trained and authorized Competent Person – Scaffold prior to first use; daily thereafter; and when there are concerns regarding repair/maintenance/use. This appendix provides the process steps for performing initial and subsequent daily inspections and how the findings from these inspections are communicated to Scaffold Workers and others who may be interested.


2.0             Scope


Scaffold inspections are performed by the designated Competent Person – Scaffold in accordance with training provided by Industrial Safety. Contact Industrial Safety if alterations to the original structure are anticipated as these may require additional training. 


This appendix is written in coordination with ES&H Manual Chapter 6132 Ladder and Scaffold Safety. All relevant content within the chapter applies to the process steps outlined in this appendix.


3.0             Responsibilities

NOTE:     Management authority may be delegated to a task qualified Jefferson Lab employee at the discretion of the responsible manager.


Responsibilities for each process step are outlined within the procedure.


4.0             Process Steps


4.1              Initial Inspection


Step 1:            Prepare

·         Supervisor in-charge of the structure   

o   Designate a Competent Person-Scaffold

·         Competent Person-Scaffold  

o   Obtain an inspection packet from Industrial Safety for each structure assigned (after completing any required training). 

o   Review the following:

§  Scaffold manufacturer’s owner’s manual per scaffold training

§  Structure’s planned configuration

§  The initial structure’s erection

·         Industrial Safety

o   Provide appropriate training regarding Competent Person – Scaffold duties.

o   Provide an inspection packet[1] to the Competent Person-Scaffold for each structure.


Step 2:            Assemble

·         Competent Person-Scaffold   

o   Upon completion of the first elevated section (or sooner, if possible) attach the inspection packet at or near the egress section of the structure.

o   Insert the “red” Scaffold Safety Status color so it is displayed and readily visible. 

o   Upon completion of the structure. Use the process steps provided in Section 4.2 Daily Inspections below to perform the initial inspection.


Step 3:            Approval

·         Competent Person-Scaffold

o   Insert the completed initial “Scaffold Inspection Checklist” into the packet.

o   Determine the Scaffold Safety Status color. See 5.1 Scaffold Safety Status Color listed below.

o   Insert appropriate Scaffold Safety Status color into the packet. Ensure the color is clearly visible from ground level. 


4.2              Daily Inspection

The Competent Person-Scaffold performs the following process steps:


Step 1:            Prepare         

·      Minimum PPE: Hardhat, safety glasses, safety shoes

·      Blank copy of the “Scaffold Inspection Checklist”

·      Pen


Step 2:            Perform

·         Compare the initial construction configuration with the actual configuration.

·         Ensure the design/configuration is appropriate for the actual use.

·         Ensure all components are compatible with the structure.

·         Complete the “Scaffold Inspection Checklist.”

·         Determine Scaffold Safety Status color using the referenced color chart below.


Step 3:            Complete

·         Insert the completed “Scaffold Inspection Checklist” into the packet.

·         Ensure the appropriate Scaffold Safety Status Color is displayed and readily visible.




Outdoor Structure

Ensure the color faces the road or sidewalk.

Indoor Structure

Ensure the color faces the isle or observation mezzanine.



5.0             Reference


5.1              Scaffold Safety Status Color: 

Safety Determination

Color Code


Safe for Intended Use


(Safe to Use)

The structure is considered safe for its intended use. 


-          Competent Person-Scaffold provides an Operation-Specific Hazard-Awareness Briefing (see ES&H Manual Chapter 4100 Appendix T2 Informal Safety Awareness Training) to designated Scaffold Workers.

Special Mitigation Required



A special situation exists. Condition is described on the “action/comment” section of the Daily Inspection Checklist.


-          Scaffold Workers review the current Daily Inspection Checklist to determine restriction(s).  (e.g.: “Fall Protection may be required.”)

-          The Competent Person-Scaffold demarks the condition with tape, or other identifying object to keep workers away.  (e.g.: Handrail is bent or does not fit well.  That section would be marked with tape.)

-          The Competent Person-Scaffold informs everyone using the scaffold of the situation and the appropriate mitigation required to continue work.

Unsafe for Intended Use


Scheduled to be Constructed or Dismantled


(Do Not Use)

The structure is unsafe for occupancy. 


-          Only those authorized by the Competent Person-Scaffold can go on, in, or around the structure.


6.0             Revision Summary


Periodic Review – 08/09/19 – no changes per TPOC

Periodic Review – 08/12/16 – review cycle adjusted to reflect high-risk category; no substantive changes

Revision 0.1 – 01/30/14  Changed TPOC from N.Walker to B.Manzlak

Revision 0.0 – 07/27/11 – New content to clarify how to communicate safety inspection findings









ES&H Division

Bert Manzlak





This document is controlled as an on line file.  It may be printed but the print copy is not a controlled document.  It is the user’s responsibility to ensure that the document is the same revision as the current on line file.  This copy was printed on 8/20/2019.

[1]Inspection packet contents: one protective, transparent, plastic pouch and one each red, yellow, green Scaffold Safety Status color designations.