Erectors and dismantlers are workers whose principal activity involves assembling and disassembling scaffolding before other work can begin, and after that work, or a portion of it, has been completed. There are four types of individuals involved in Erecting and Dismantling Scaffolds. A Competent Person, A Qualified Person, A Design Engineer.
OSHA requires employers to provide training by a competent person to each employee who is involved in erecting and/or disassembling a scaffold. A competent person is defined as one who Is capable of identifying existing and predictable hazards and has authorization to take prompt corrective measures to eliminate such hazards.
A Competent person who can demonstrate they have the necessary knowledge, skills and experience to carry out a task. Not only will they be able to spot the hazards, they will know how to eradicate them as they have the required training.
A Qualified person must do adequate preplanning to assure the safe erection and use of the scaffold.
Requirements for Designing
Scaffolds must be designed by a qualified person and be constructed and loaded in accordance with that design. OSHA defines a qualified person as one who: