Scaffold Safety Requirements
- Platform: Platform must be able to support its own weight plus four times the maximum intended load. Platforms and walkways must be at least 18″ wide. If not 18″ wide, fall protection must be provided and used.
- Support Structure: Components must be capable of supporting, without failure, their own weight and at least four times their maximum intended load. Never modify components to make them fit together.
- Base Section: Scaffolding must be built on a stable base foundation and must be square and level. Poles, frames and uprights must be plumb and braced to prevent swaying and displacement.
- Fall Protection: Fall protection consists of personal fall-arrest systems or guardrail systems and must be used when scaffold is 10 feet or more above a lower level.
- Access: Safe access must be provided. There are many different forms of access that can be utilized: *Ladders susch as portable, hook-on, attachable, and stairways *Stair towers, ramps, and walkways.
- Stability: Scaffolding becomes inherently unstable once its height is four times its minimum base dimension. Weather and damage to structure components can also affect the stability of a scaffold.