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Do your employees work from scaffolding? If so, when was the last time you covered scaffolding safety with them? Whether it’s a toolbox talk or a training session, it’s always the right time to talk about scaffold safety with your workforce!

Use the following scaffold safety requirements as general reminders and or talking points with employees regarding company scaffolding procedures.

Scaffolding Safety Reminders:

  • A competent person inspects scaffolding before each work shift and after any occurrence which could affect the scaffold’s structural integrity.
  • The height of a scaffold should not be more than 4X its minimum base dimension unless guys, ties, or braces are used. (4:1 Ratio)
  • Supported scaffold poles, legs, posts, frames, and uprights should bear on base plates and mud sills or other adequate firm foundation. 
  • Scaffolds must have safe access. e.g.; stair towers, ladders, ramps, integral prefab etc.
  • Platforms need to be fully planked or decked with no more than 1 inch gaps between them, secured to prevent movement, and at least 18 inches wide in most cases.
  • Fall protection is required at 10 feet. When using guardrails, ensure they are installed along all open sides and ends of the platforms.
  • Employees should be protected from falling objects, and debris. One way to achieve this is by using guardrails with toeboards or screens, or utilizing debris nets.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to TBG Safety Services for more scaffold safety requirements, assistance with scaffold resources and programs, or to schedule a training session!

  • MNOSHA free online recordkeeping training September 24, 2021.
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Members are jointly and severally liable for their proportionate share of obligations for the group and will be assessed on an individual and proportionate share basis for any deficit created by the group. Dividends are not guaranteed. 

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