Small Business Self-Evaluation Checklist: Scaffolding
Serious injury or death can result from failure to comply with all applicable safety requirements of federal, State and local regulations before erecting, using, or dismantling a scaffold.
This “Client Handout” provides small business owners a means of identifying potential problem areas that may occur with scaffolding operations. Any question answered “No” should be thoroughly investigated and corrective actions taken.
|Is the scaffold erected and used under the direction of a competent person?|
|Are all workers involved with or near the scaffold wearing hard hats?|
|Are footings sound and rigid and not set on soft, muddy, or frozen ground (that could melt), or resting on blocks?|
|Is the scaffold level?|
|Are wheels/castors locked?|
|Is the scaffold able to hold four times its maximum intended load?|
|Is the platform complete from front to back and from side to side, fully planked or decked, and with no gaps greater than 1 in (2.54 cm)?|
|Are guardrails and toeboards in place on all open sides?|
|Are all sections pinned or appropriately secured?|
|Is there a safe way to get on and off the scaffold without climbing on cross braces?|
|Is the front face within 14 in (35.5 cm) of the work, or within 3 ft (0.91 m) for outrigger scaffolds)?|
|Does the scaffold meet electrical clearance distances, as required by safety regulations?|
|Are scaffold loads, including tools and other equipment, kept to a minimum and removed when the scaffold is not in use?|
|Are workers removed from scaffolds during high winds, rain, snow, or bad weather?|
|Is personal fall protection provided?|
|Are materials secured and workers removed from the scaffold before it is moved?|
|Are heavy tools, equipment, and supplies hoisted up (rather than carried up by hand)?|
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