Aim and scope of the course

Many industries in the modern world have almost become impossible to imagine without the involvement of scaffolding to some extent. Where the permanent structures are not available, scaffolds provide reliable temporary working platforms for working at height. At the same time scaffolds protect the worker against fall from height and falling objects. Because working at height is still one of the leading causes of death and serious injuries at work.

Although erection and work on a scaffold are aimed to provide safe working platforms, the scaffolds have their hazards and risks. A scaffold may collapse or lead to falling from a height as a result of;

  • Inappropriate selection of scaffold
  • Inadequate erection
  • Missing components
  • Adverse weather condition
  • External damage

Measures to protect workers from falling from a height or against falling objects should be taken while working on scaffolds.

Types of scaffolds

System type and tube-fitting type of scaffolds are the main types in use. Although system type is the most widely used due to ease of erection requiring minimal labour and ease of use.

System type of scaffolds is made of prefabricated elements, consisting of a range of components such as standards, ledgers, base plates etc.

It’s not always possible to procure scaffolding materials from the same manufacturer or supplier. The scaffold component from different manufacturers should be compatible with each other. If you doubt the compatibility, then advice and evidence of compatibility should be sought from the manufacturers and supplier. Upon the erection of all type of scaffolds, manufacturer instructions should be followed.

Aim of the course

This course aims to provide practical guidance to scaffold users, erectors and those contracting for scaffold erection, on safety requirements, restriction and the best practices to be adopted.


The course will also provide recommendations on erection, dismantling, use and inspection of simple access and working scaffolds.


The guidance will also cover the recommended competence – training, information and instruction practices for those erecting, dismantling and using scaffolds.


Scope of the course

The scope of this course covers all work areas where scaffolds are used as access and working platforms or as fall protection. Please, also note, a certain special type of scaffolds like a cantilever, truss out are not covered under the scope of this course.


Important notice

The guidance and the recommendations in this course is not a substitute for applicable legal requirements in the country of operation. And we strongly recommend referring to manufacturer and supplier requirements and recommendations.