Scaffolding – Erecting/Dismantling

When Erecting a Scaffold

  • Use footings that are level, sound, rigid and capable of supporting the load without settlement or displacement.
  • Plumb and brace poles, legs, posts, frames, and uprights to prevent swaying and displacement.
  • Position the first level of bracing as close to the base as possible.
  • Plumb and level the scaffold as it is being erected.
  • Fasten all couplers and/or connections securely before assembling the next level.
  • Install guys, ties, and braces according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.
  • Do not intermix scaffold components from different manufacturers, unless you can do so while maintaining the scaffold’s structural integrity.
  • When platform units are abutted together to create a long platform, each abutted end must rest on a separate support surface.
  • Once erected, provide toeboards on all railed sides to prevent falling object hazards.

Summary for Erecting:

Employers are required to provide safe access for employees erecting or dismantling supported scaffolds where it is feasible, and where it does not create a greater hazard.

Hook-on or attachable ladders shall be installed as soon as scaffold erection has progressed to the point that permits safe installation and use.

When erecting and dismantling tubular, welded-frame scaffolds, end frames may be used as climbing devices for access, provided that Horizontal members are parallel, level, and not more than 22 vertical inches apart. They are erected in a manner that creates a usable ladder and provides good hand hold and foot space. Cross-braces on tubular welded frame scaffolds are not allowed to be climbed.