Scaffold Builder Education and Training

Scaffold Builder Education and Training

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

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.

  • Determining the type of scaffold necessary for the job
  • Determining the maximum load for the scaffold
  • Assuring a good foundation
  • Avoiding electrical hazards

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:

  • Possesses a recognized degree, certificate, or professional standing
  • Has extensive knowledge, training, and experience has successfully demonstrated the ability to solve or resolve problems relating to the subject matter, the work, or the project