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Falls:
Improper Scaffold Construction

Am I In Danger?

Working with heavy equipment and building materials on the limited space of a scaffold is difficult. Without fall protection or safe access, it becomes hazardous. Falls from such improperly constructed scaffolds can result in injuries ranging from sprains to death.

How Do I Avoid Hazards?

  • Construct all scaffolds according to the manufacturer's instructions.
  • Install guardrail systems along all open sides and ends of platforms.
  • Use at least one of the following for scaffolds more than 10 feet above a lower level:
  • Provide safe access to scaffold platforms [For additional information, see Scaffold Access].
  • Do not climb cross-bracing as a means of access.
Mixture of several different scaffold components in the same scaffold
This scaffold is not in compliance with the regulations because it mixes several different scaffold components in the same scaffold. The guardrails are also improper because they are not complete.


Safety Bulletin Sign
Improper Guardrails on Tubular Welded-Frame Scaffolds

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