Last edited 11 Oct 2020

Working platform


The term 'working platform' is defined by the Work at Height Regulations 2005 as: '...any platform used as a place of work or as a means of access to or egress from a place of work', including: '...any scaffold, suspended scaffold, cradle, mobile platform, trestle, gangway, gantry and stairway which is so used.'

Before the 2005 Regulations, working platforms were defined as fully-boarded platforms with handrails and toe boards.

For a platform to be suitable for working at height, it must be:

Before working platforms are used they must be inspected carefully to ensure they are fit for purpose and have been properly assembled or installed. If a platform is exposed to conditions that are liable to result in danger or damage, then it must continue to be inspected at regular intervals.

See also: Working platforms for tracked plant: good practice guide to the design, installation, maintenance and repair of ground-supported working platforms.

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