Using Scaffolding – §1926.454(a)

All employees must be trained by a qualified person to recognize the hazards associated with the type of scaffold being used and how to control or minimize those hazards. The training must include: Fall Hazards, Electrical Hazards, Falling Object Risks and Proper Use of the Scaffold & Material Handling. Each of these Hazards will be covered in this training.

When Using a Scaffold

  • Make sure that a competent person inspects the scaffold before each work shift.
  • If during the inspection a defect or damage to the scaffold is discovered, the scaffold must be tagged out and not used until repairs are made.
  • Attach tags at the access point to the scaffold
  • One common tagging system uses the following tags: Red tag indicates: unsafe, do not use! Green tag indicates: ready to use!
  • Use scaffolds according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Never load a scaffold beyond its maximum intended load or rated capacity
  • Do not use makeshift methods to increase the working height of the scaffold platform, such as with ladders, buckets or blocks.
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Fall Hazards

Electrical Hazards
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Falling Object Hazards

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Proper Use of the Scaffold & Material Handling