Sunday, 7 April 2013



Hazard: When scaffolds are not erected or
used properly, fall hazards can occur. About
2.3 million construction workers frequently
work on scaffolds. Protecting these workers
from scaffold-related accidents would prevent
an estimated 4,500 injuries and 50 fatalities
each year.

Scaffold must be sound, rigid and sufficient
to carry its own weight plus four times the
maximum intended load without settling or
displacement. It must be erected on solid

Unstable objects, such as barrels, boxes,
loose bricks or concrete blocks must not be
used to support scaffolds or planks

Scaffold must not be erected, moved, dismantled
or altered except under the supervision
of a competent person.

Scaffold must be equipped with guardrails,
midrails and toeboards.

Scaffold accessories such as braces, brackets,
trusses, screw legs or ladders that are
damaged or weakened from any cause
must be immediately repaired or replaced.

Scaffold platforms must be tightly planked
with scaffold plank grade material or equivalent.

A “competent person” must inspect the
scaffolding and, at designated intervals,
reinspect it.

Rigging on suspension scaffolds must be
inspected by a competent person before
each shift and after any occurrence that
could affect structural integrity to ensure
that all connections are tight and that no
damage to the rigging has occurred since
its last use.

Synthetic and natural rope used in suspension
scaffolding must be protected from
heat-producing sources.

Employees must be instructed about the
hazards of using diagonal braces as fall

Scaffold can be accessed by using ladders
and stairwells.

• Scaffolds must be at least 10 feet from
electric power lines at all times.


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