Erectors and dismantlers are workers whose principal activity involves assembling and disassembling scaffolding before other work can commence, and after that work, or a portion of it, has been completed.
Training and Competent Person Requirements
OSHA requires employers to provide training by a competent person to each employee who is involved in erecting and/or disassembling a scaffold. A competent person is defined as one who:
- Is capable of identifying existing and predictable hazards, and
- Has authorization to take prompt corrective measures to eliminate them.
Requirements for Designing and Constructing Scaffolds
Scaffolds must be designed by a qualified person and be constructed and loaded in accordance with that design. OSHA defines a qualified person as one who:
- Possesses a recognized degree, certificate, or professional standing; or
- Has extensive knowledge, training and experience; and therefore,
- Can solve or resolve problems related to the work or the project.
A qualified person must do adequate preplanning to assure the safe erection and use of the scaffold.
- Determining the type of scaffold necessary for the job,
- Determining the maximum load of the scaffold,
- Assuring a good foundation, and
- Avoiding electrical hazards.