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There are many tasks that a scaffolding provider has to accomplish with competence. Above everything else, there are lives that depend on this special arrangement, so even a minor mistake can be dangerous. Therefore, if scaffolding engineering expertise is involved, it becomes relatively easy to create solid scaffolding designs to protect workers that are working with heights involved. For this purpose, you need to search for a renowned provider of an expert in Scaffolding engineer London network, because he will be able to handle this task with reliability. Let us tell you in more detail why this task needs to be handled with care and caution.Read More

SG3:14 Earthing of Scaffolding Structures

This NASC Guidance Note addresses the issue of earthing temporary scaffolding and the protection of
scaffolding from lightning.
In almost all circumstances scaffolding structures will have low electrical resistance.
Although the scaffolding structure is usually in contact with the ground and may have base plates and sole
boards, it should never be assumed that the structure is effectively earthed.
The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (CDM) outlines that clients, CDM co-ordinators and
designers should consider hazards at the planning stage. This should include any requirement for earthing.
For instance, there may be a requirement for earthing to be run under the baseplates and therefore it is
important that the risk of lightning be assessed at scaffold design drawing and pre-tender stage, prior to the erection of
Electrical hazards in the form of lightning, overhead electrical lines and integral lighting and alarm systems
can affect all types of structures and if scaffolding is not properly earthed people can be killed or seriously
injured and buildings damaged.
The client or user of the scaffolding structure is responsible for ensuring that it is safe for use. The client should
ensure that expert advice is sort from a competent person (i.e. a qualified electrician) and suitable protection
is installed.


Where the scaffolding carries lighting, alarm or similar small power circuits, it is recommended that the
structure should be electrically bonded to the protective conductor(s) of the circuit(s) that it carries.
Bonding is not required if the operating voltage of a circuit is below 50V a.c.
For higher power circuits where bonding is required, such as goods and passenger hoists, this should be
carried out in accordance with the latest IEE regulations by a competent person in line with the risk
assessment, to ensure there is no risk of scaffold operatives being electrocuted while the scaffold is
Except where it is necessary for lightning protection purposes, scaffolding external to a structure should not
be connected to the means of earthing within the structure that is afforded by the supply authorities. If Earthing
Spikes are required, the area must be CAT Scanned by a competent person to detect underground services
etc, using equipment that has been calibrated appropriately. This will also help to ensure that any permit
conditions are complied with when in place.
It should be noted that individual scaffolding structures if not connected, must be earthed separately.


If scaffolding is next to an existing structure which has an external lightning protection system it should be
bonded to the earth termination and the air termination network of the lightning protection system by a
competent person, arranged by the client.
Where scaffolding is erected next to a building or structure which is readily accessible to the general public
and used as a working platform or erected over or as part of the common highway, the client should ensure
that it is efficiently bonded to earth.
For example, a simple method of bonding such structures consists of running a strip of metal, other than
aluminium, 20mm x 2.5mm in size, underneath and in contact with the base plates and ground carrying the
vertical members of the scaffolding and earthing at intervals not exceeding 20m. With public seating
accommodation, only the peripheral members of the structure need to be bonded to earth. Other steel
structures, such as those used for pedestrian bridges over main trunk roads, are frequently sited in isolated
situations where they may be prone to lightning strikes and should therefore be bonded to earth, particularly
at the approach points to the structure.


Other temporary tall metallic structures may require separate earthing electrodes to afford adequate lightning
protection. This will depend on the construction of the temporary foundations and footings. BS EN62305-2
should be consulted for further guidance and expert opinion should be obtained if necessary.
When working near overhead power lines it is essential that the voltage being carried is known to determine
the likelihood of arcing and the size of any exclusion zone required. Advice should be sort from the power line
Work under overhead electric power lines should not be carried out without consultation with the owners of
the lines. Wherever possible the lines should be diverted or made dead before work begins.
Further details are contained in NASC Guidance Note SG5 Overhead Power Lines (latest edition), and HSE
Guidance Series GS6 4th Edition 2013.


Scaffolding contractors are often asked to erect scaffolding to sensitive buildings or sites such as historic
buildings and monuments and in Atomic or Petrochemical plants. These places often have their own rules for
Earthing or Bonding and advice must be sort from the owners of the building or the Principle Contractor to
ascertain local policy, prior to the erection of scaffolding.
Additionally, special earthing requirements will be required when erecting scaffolding adjacent to power
supplies such as National Grid stations and National Rail installations, and advice and instruction must be
sought from the client, with a risk assessment made by a Senior Authorised Person prior to works


Scaffolders erecting or dismantling scaffolding and users who observe thunder storms in the distance are
strongly advised to stop work immediately and leave the scaffolding until it is clear that the storm is not
approaching or is moving away and there is no further risk of a strike.

Gantries, Hoists and Site Huts

 Scaffold design of Gantries, Hoists and Site Huts

All gantries, hoists and site huts placed on or over the public highway require a temporary structure licence.

It is not council policy to grant a licence for the erection of gantries for storing materials or as working platforms for hoists and associated equipment if there is any practical alternative on site.

General requirements for design of gantries

Scaffold drawings of Gantries must comply with the following requirements:

  • gantry platforms must be double-boarded with polythene sheeting between each layer and set at a minimum headroom clearance of 2.44m from the surface of the footway
  • when required, the outer standards or columns of the gantry must be encased in plywood up to 1.22m high and boxed in at the top
  • once the gantry has been erected, any bracing etc used at ground level or less than 2.44m above the footway must be removed to allow safe passage by pedestrians
  • the outer standards of the gantry erected on the pavement must not be closer than 0.45m to the kerb edge unless other arrangements have been agreed with the council
  • any gantry that projects beyond the kerb edge must have at least 4.88m clearance above the surface of the carriageway
  • where agreement has been obtained to erect the outer standards of the gantry nearer than 0.45m to the kerb edge, baulk timbers 300mm x 300mm must be placed on the carriageway for the full length of the scaffolding and must be painted red and white and fitted with red bulkhead lights at 3m intervals
  • gantries must be lit from half an hour after sunset to half an hour before sunrise
  • on the inside of the structure white bulkhead lights must be set at each end of the structure 2.44m high and at 3m intervals. Similarly, on the outside of the structure, red bulkhead lights must be set at each end of the structure 2.44m high and at 3m intervals


Mechanical or platform hoists must not descend onto or operate from the public highway. Permission will only be granted for hoists to be operated from a gantry platform at first floor level or above.

Gin wheels and other forms of rope or cable-operated hoists must be used only on the outside of scaffolding, and then only when the scaffolding reaches the kerb edge. In these circumstances building materials must be hoisted from the carriageway and are never permitted over the footway. Any other kind of hoisting must be carried out on private land.

The hoisting of hot tar buckets is not permitted on the road except from a gantry platform and is never permitted from the footway.

Site huts

The council does not allow site huts or office accommodation to be put on gantries on or over any part of the public highway. Offices must be contained within the boundaries of your site.

If there is not enough space on site for accommodation, you should use alternatives such as rented office space.

The one exception is where a building has been totally demolished and open basement construction is to be carried out. In this circumstance temporary accommodation on a gantry may be allowed for welfare and messing facilities only and for a set period of time.

What Is Scaffolding Design

It is a temporary structure which integrates with the crew resources to aid in the construction, building materials, repairing of structure and other edifices, as well as all other man-made assemblies. Scaffolding design is also known as enactment or framework. The very common and main use of the scaffolding design is on the top dwellings, where access is difficult or needs more through work.Read More