Mobile Tower Compliance

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Executive Overview

The popularity of Premanufactured Aluminium Towers is currently growing exponentially in South Africa due to its fast construction times, reduced costs of ownership and reduced logistical complexity.

With this growth comes a certain level of uncertainty regarding Safety Regulations and subsequent complexity when distinguishing between compliant and non-compliant systems.

Safety, Safety Organisation and safe working practices are defined in the OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH & SAFETY ACT (85 OF 1993)To provide for the health and safety of persons at work and for the health and safety of persons in connection with the use of plant and machinery;  the protection of persons other than persons at work against hazards to health and safety arising out of or in connection with the activities of persons at work;  to establish an advisory council for occupational health and safety;  and to provide for matters connected therewith.

Regulations are incorporated in Section 43; and Standards in Section 44 of this Act.

The CONSTRUCTION REGULATIONS, 2014 was published under Section 43 and the two applicable standards as per Section 44 referring to Scaffolding are:

1.       SANS 10085-1: The design, erection, use and inspection of access scaffolding Part 1: Steel Scaffolding; and

2.       SANS 51004:2009: Mobile access and working towers made of prefabricated elements — Materials, dimensions, design loads, safety and performance requirements.

In terms of SANS 10085-1, Section 7.1.2, second paragraph, aluminium and systems scaffolding shall be accepted as “special scaffolding” when the system is approved by a Professional Engineer.

In SANS 51004:2009, the “professional engineer” is defined as an independent third party, whom issues a certificate to confirm compliance, normally in the form of a comprehensive Strength and Stability Certificate.

A Special Scaffold System is one that conforms to SANS 51004:2009 as certified in a Strength & Stability Certificate. In absence of such proof, the system can still be used, but must conform to SANS 10085-1 in terms of team competencies, inspections and general conditions defined.


It is also critical to note that special scaffolds form an integral part of the overall standard and cannot be operated outside of the ambit of SANS 10085-1, the Construction Regulations or the OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH & SAFETY ACT 1993.