Tip 2: Inspect and maintain the scaffolding. Scaffolding should be inspected by a supervisor and competent person. This is to ensure that the scaffolding is safe for workers to use. If any boards are broken or damaged, then they should be replaced immediately.
Tip 3: Do not work underneath scaffolding. Objects could fall from the scaffolding above while other workers are using the scaffolding. To avoid falling object hazards, it is best to not work underneath the scaffolding unless there is falling object protection or barricades in place.
Tip 4: Ensure all workers using the scaffolding are trained. OSHA requirements urge anyone using scaffolding to be properly trained. This required training will cover topics such as usage, hazard recognition, load capacity, and fall protection systems.
Tip 5: Know and comply with load rating. The scaffolding can safely support a certain amount of weight, and when this weight is exceeded the scaffolding is more likely to fail. Supported scaffolds should be able to support their own weight plus four times the maximum load intended.
Tip 6: Maintain a three point grip when climbing the scaffolding ladder. Keep one hand and two feet, or two hands and one foot on the scaffolding during your climb up the ladder. Also, keep your body close to the scaffolding frame during your climb. This will minimize the chance of falling while climbing the ladder.
Tip 6: Stay at least 10 ft. away from power lines. Electricity from power lines can arc from the line to conductive materials. Scaffolds are made of conductive materials, so it is important not to set up the scaffold close to power lines.
Tip 7: Beware of weather conditions. Do not use a scaffold if the platform is covered in ice or snow because it will be easy to slip on. Scaffolds should also not be used in heavy wind conditions because there is a risk of the scaffolding falling.