Construction safety focus: Scaffolding

WorkSafe’s focus on using scaffolds safely in the construction industry.


What it contains

This document outlines how WorkSafe inspectors visiting construction sites ensure that workplaces are managing risks when workers use scaffolds. It explains:

  • common workplace safety incidents when using scaffolds
  • how employers have duties to control risks and develop a safe work method statement
  • what inspectors check when reviewing how scaffolds are used in workplaces
  • how workplaces can introduce safe systems of work to manage risks, including training and licensing for workers
  • how workplaces should consult with health and safety representatives about workplace safety
  • the role of employees in working safely