Article #156 Monitoring and Evaluating Scaffolding Inspections on Construction Sites

On construction sites, working with scaffolding can be dangerous as it involves the danger of getting weakened if inappropriately erected. To minimize the risk and avoid an accident, it is essential to perform a complete inspection of the scaffolding weekly. To ensure a comprehensive assessment, it is highly recommended to have a checklist with all items that need to be inspected by qualified individuals who have been trained and certified by recognized bodies.

Using a Project Management Information System (PMIS) like PMWeb, the contractor can create all health, safety, environment, and quality (HSEQ) inspection checklists, including the Scaffolding Inspection Form. The PMWeb custom form builder will be used to create the inspection form, including project details, the company responsible for the scaffolding, and the location of the inspected scaffolding. In addition, the form will include the inspection list items for which, every week, the inspector needs to verify their compliance, along with any comments against the inspection item.

The attachment tab will be used to attach pictures of all non-compliance items that need to be rectified. All those documents will be stored in the PMWeb document management repository under a specific folder or subfolder. Of course, links to other related PMWeb records, like Safety Incidents, can also be linked to the Scaffolding Inspection Form.

A Workflow will be assigned to the inspection form to enforce formal review and approval and share copies of the completed inspection with other project parties. Of course, for non-PMWeb users, the Notification command can send a copy of the Scaffolding Inspection output form to those users.

About the Authorfounder

Bassam Samman, PMP, PSP, EVP, GPM, is a Senior Project Management Consultant with over 35-year service record providing project management and controls services to over 100 projects with a total value of over US $5 Billion. Those projects included Commercial, Residential, Education, and Healthcare Buildings and Infrastructure, Entertainment and Shopping Malls, Oil and Gas Plants and Refineries, Telecommunication, and Information Technology projects. He is thoroughly experienced in project management, including project management control systems, computerized project control software, claims analysis/prevention, risk analysis/management (contingency planning), design, supervision, training, and business development.

Bassam is a frequent speaker on Project Management, Strategic Project Management, and Project Management Personal Skills. Over the past 35 years, he has lectured at more than 350 events and courses at different locations in the Middle East, North Africa, Europe, and South America. He has written more than 250 articles on project management and project management information systems that were featured in international and regional magazines and newspapers. He is a co-founder of the Project Management Institute- Arabian Gulf Chapter (PMI-AGC) and has served on its board of directors for over six years. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) from the Project Management Institute (PMI), an accredited Planning and Scheduling Professional (PSP), an Earned Value Professional (EVP) from the American Association of Cost Engineers (AACE), and a Green Project Management (GPM).

Bassam holds a Master’s in Engineering Administration (Construction Management) with Faculty Commendation from George Washington University, Washington, DC, USA, Bachelor in Civil Engineering – from Kuwait University, Kuwait, and has attended many executive management programs at Harvard Business School, Boston, USA, and London Business School, London, UK.


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