Fall prevention for scaffolders

Guidance on how to eliminate or reduce the risks of falls for employees using scaffolding.


What it contains

Falling from heights is a common concern for employees taking down or changing scaffolding. This guidance note outlines the occupational health and safety duties of employers to minimise these risks. It focuses on prefabricated modular scaffolding systems and provides advice on safety harness systems. Topics include:

  • typical fall hazards faced by scaffolders
  • how to control the risk of internal falls
  • how to control the risk of external falls
  • controlling the risk of climbing falls with safe access systems