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Safety Alert: Preventing unauthorised access onto scaffolding

13th July 2018

The Health & Safety Executive has issued a safety bulletin alerting scaffolding contractors about preventing unauthorised access onto scaffolding and other work platforms.

Security of a construction site including scaffolding and ladders is vital to prevent 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.  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.

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