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Ladder Jack A ladder jack scaffold is a simple device consisting of a platform resting on brackets attached to a ladder. Ladder jacks are primarily used in light applications because of their portability and cost effectiveness. Note: The requirements on this page are specific to ladder jack scaffolds only. For requirements that apply to all types of supported scaffolds, please refer to the Frame or Fabricated module of this eTool.

Support
  • All ladders used to support ladder jack scaffolds must comply with 1926 Subpart X - Stairways and Ladders. [1926.452(k)(2)]

    • Exception: Job-made ladders must not be used to support ladder jack scaffolds.
  • Ladder jacks must be designed and constructed to bear on:

    • The side rails and ladder rungs, or

    • The ladder rungs alone.

      • If ladder jacks bear on the ladder rungs alone, the bearing area must include a length of at least 10 inches on each rung. [1926.452(k)(3)]
  • Ladders used to support ladder jack scaffolds must be:

    • Placed to prevent slipping,

    • Fastened to prevent slipping, or

    • Equipped with devices to prevent slipping. [1926.452(k)(4)]


Platforms
  • Platforms should not be placed higher than 20 feet from the supported base. [1926.452(k)(1)]

  • Scaffold platforms must not be bridged together. [1926.452(k)(5)]


Non-mandatory Guidelines
 
 
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