Using Scaffolds 1926.454(a)

All employees must be trained by a qualified person to recognize the hazards associated with the type of scaffold being used and how to control or minimize those hazards. The training must include: Fall Hazards, Electrical Hazards, Falling Object Risks and Proper Use of the Scaffold & Material Handling. Each of these Hazards will be covered in this training.

When Using a Scaffold

Make sure that a competent person inspects the scaffold before each work shift.
If during the inspection a defect or damage to the scaffold is discovered, the scaffold must be tagged out and not used until repairs are made.  Attach tags at the access point to the scaffold.

One common tagging system uses the following tags:

  • Red tag indicates: unsafe, do not use!
  • Green tag indicates: ready to use!
  • Use scaffolds according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Never load a scaffold beyond its maximum intended load or rated capacity.
  • Do not use makeshift methods to increase the working height of the scaffold platform, such as with ladders, buckets or blocks.