TG20:13 The Highlights

16th April 2014

TG20: 13 is the latest update in guidance on tube fitting scaffolding from the National Access and Scaffolding Confederation. Highlights
of the new guidance include:

  • All  standard scaffolds in TG20:13 are fully proven by design and calculation and as  such no additional design work will be required.
  • TG20:13  will adopt a more user-friendly approach than its predecessor and will be more  pictorial than previous versions—a common complaint about the last revision was  that it was difficult to follow
  •  TG20:13  will be available electronically and to download as an App for mobile devices,  and will include more scaffold types as standard designs. This guide will also  demonstrate through a computer software system if a scaffolding system needs any  additional designing or not
  • Following  feedback from TG20:08 saying it benefitted designers, the revised TG20:13  guidance will put the power back in scaffolders hands, not the engineers and will remove some of the burden for design currently experienced
  • Designs  included will be: Basic Birdcages, Towers, Basic Fans, Loading Bays, Unit Transoms, 3M lift heights, Hop-Up Braces, Basic Bridges & Basic  Splays.

While  the scaffolding industry gets to grips with the new guidance the HSE have  announced they will not enforce TG20:13 during the so-called “bedding
in” period.