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Topic - Competence for checking scaffolding-based climbing wall

Jamie Wakeham - on 06 Mar 2013
I've just taken a temp post at a local school which has an outdoor climbing wall, and as they know I'm qualified and insured to use it, they've asked if I can do some top-roping with the pupils.

It's a scaffold structure with plywood walls and bolt-on holds. Apparently it's not been used for three years (since the last qualified member of staff left). Before I start using it I'd rather like to know all the joints are still done up tightly and it's not about to tip over...

So who would be a competent person to do this? Could a bog-standard scaffold company come and check it over and state that it's safe to climb on? Or would I need to find someone who actually specialises in building climbing walls?

Also, it's clear that whilst I'm under contract to the school, AALA doesn't apply. If they wanted me to come back just to provide climbing, I *think* that because it's a purpose-built outdoor structure, AALA still doesn't apply. Am I reading that right?

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