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    HSE ALERT: UNAUTHORISED ACCESS TO SCAFFOLDS

    hselogo1Regulator sets out new guidance to protect children and the public

    HSE has issued Safety Alert CON1 2018 entitled Preventing unauthorised access onto scaffolding and other work platforms regarding the prevention of unauthorised access onto scaffolding or other work platforms.

    Falls from height from scaffolding or incomplete buildings following unauthorised access by the public frequently involve children and result in major and sometimes fatal injuries.

    Access points may be designed for access or be opportunistic.  HSE stress that all such routes may need to be secured by a combination of perimeter fencing, local fencing and ladder removal out of working hours, or securing ladders using a suitable ladder guard to make them unclimbable (see image below).

    HSE stress that the Safety Alert is

    “not aimed at preventing all urban adventurers, determined trespassers, vandals or opportunistic thieves from finding a way onto a construction site.”

    It sets out the basic measures that must be taken, many of which will also provide a degree of deterrence against those more able and determined to enter the site/area.

    Actions required

    The Safety Alert sets out the actions required under the following headings:

    • Site Assessment
    • Site Perimeter Fencing
    • Local Fencing to Vulnerable areas on the Scaffold
    • Ladder Removal
    • Ladder Guards
    • Other Controls e.g. CCTV

    HSE conclude that the site risk assessment should be kept under review and reports of damage to site or local fencing or trespassing out of working hours should be investigated and security measures reviewed as a matter of urgency.

     

    A ladder guard that is not wide enough for the ladder it is fitted to.  Small feet can still climb the exposed rungs and the guard could slide even further to one side. Narrow ladder guards are only suitable for narrow ladders. No more than 50mm of exposed rung should be visible when the guard is tight to one side of the ladder.

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