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Scaffold Safety
Safety tips from the Scaffold Store to help prevent potentially dangerous job situations.

Resources

OSHA: Scaffold Safety and Health Topics

Safety Codes
Check scaffolding safety guidelines and codes.  Local, state and OSHA should be followed.  Building Safety and Industrial Commission approval should be sought.

Damaged Parts
Do not use damaged parts.  Call the Scaffold Store at 888-777-4133 for replacement parts.

Scaffolding Overload
A 4 to 1 safety ratio must be followed.  Do not overload scaffolding.  Scaffold is governed in height to 4 times the narrowest base dimension.  It is possible to widen the base outriggers or more end frames.  Tie scaffolding into building.  Keep your caster wheels locked except to re-spot.  Exceptions: 3 times in CA, OH, OR, MT, ME 3 � time in WA.

Bracing
Ensure safety and stability with an adequate amount of bracing.  Connect bracing to all points.

Safety Checks
Check the scaffold for safety issues upon being built and daily as used.  Inspect all components.

Footing
Make sure that scaffold is level.  Use the correct amount and types of footing and / or base plates.

Tie-In Scaffolding
Heavy wire or tie-in devices should be used to secure scaffolding.  The first vertical tie should be at the maximum height of 4 times the narrowest base dimension. Additional ties are not to exceed 26 feet vertically. Maximum horizontal distance between ties is not to exceed 30 feet.