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Health and Safety Update - Safe Scaffolding and Other Matters

The British Standard for scaffolding, BS 5973:1993, was withdrawn a few years ago. However, the HSE have continued to accept scaffold structures built in accordance with it - until now!

The HSE have recently announced that, as from 1 January 2011, they will no longer acknowledge BS 5973 as a recognised standard for the design of tube and fitting scaffolding structures.  This means that all scaffolds after this date should be to the European Standard BS EN12811-1:2003.