Scaffolds

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Scaffolds must be properly designed by a qualified person and constructed according to that design.

A life-threatening fall from an unsafe scaffold can happen suddenly on a jobsite.
If you work on or around scaffolds you are at risk for serious and possibly deadly injuries caused by:

  • Falling
  • scaffold collapsing that was not constructed  properly
  • Being struck by falling tools, work materials, or debris
  • Electrocution, when working too close to overhead power lines.

To prevent workers exposure to these hazards, employers must do the following:

  • Address scaffold hazards and injury prevention in your required written accident prevention program (APP).
  • Provide training by a qualified person to employees who work on scaffolds.
  • Make sure scaffolds are designed by a qualified person and constructed according to that design.
  • Ensure scaffold erection and/or dismantling is supervised and directed by a competent person who qualified in scaffold erection, moving and dismantling.
  • Enforce the use of fall protection gear (when working at 10 feet or more), installation of guard rails and toe boards, and safe access on every level.
  • Require the use of necessary PPE, like hard hats, eye protection, fall protection (body harnesses, lanyard, etc.).

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