15 Mar Scaffold Safety Rules
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Scaffold Safety Rules
- Before starting work on a scaffold, inspect it for the following:
- Are guardrails, toeboards, and planking in place and secure?
- Are locking pins at each joint in place?
- Are all wheels on moveable scaffolds locked?
- Do not attempt to gain access to a scaffold by climbing on it (unless it is specifically designed for climbing – always use a ladder.
- Scaffolds and their components must be capable of supporting four times the maximum intended load.
- Any scaffold, including accessories such as braces, brackets, trusses, screw legs, ladders, etc., damaged or weakened in any way, must be immediately repaired or replaced.
- Scaffold planks must extend over their end supports not less than 6 inches or more than 12 inches, unless otherwise specifically required.
- Scaffold platforms must be at least 18 inches wide unless otherwise specifically required or exempted.
- Where persons are required to work or pass under the scaffold, scaffolds shall be provided with a screen between the toeboard and guardrail, extending along the entire opening. The screen must be made of No. 18 gauge U.S. Standard wire, ½ inch mesh or equivalent protection.
- All scaffolds must be erected level and plumb, and on a solid footing.
- Do not change or remove scaffold members unless authorized
- Do not allow workers to ride on a rolling scaffold when it is being moved. Remove or secure all materials and tools on deck before moving.
- Do not alter any scaffold member by welding, burning, cutting, drilling, or bending.