Scaffold General Requirements – 1926.451(e)Access

Employers must provide access when the scaffold platforms are more than 2 feet (0.6 m) above or below a point of access. Direct access is acceptable when the scaffold is not more than 14 inches (36 cm) horizontally and not more than 24 inches (61 cm) vertically from the other surfaces. The standard prohibits the use of cross-braces as a means of access.

Several types of access are permitted:

  • Ladders, such as portable, hook-on, attachable, and stairway
  • Stair towers
  • Ramps and walkways
  • Integral prefabricated frames

Employees erecting and dismantling supported scaffolding must have a safe means of access provided when a competent person has determined the feasibility and analyzed the site conditions.