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Float (ship) A float, or ship, scaffold is a suspension scaffold consisting of a braced platform resting on two parallel bearers and hung from overhead supports by ropes of fixed length. Note: The requirements on this page are specific to float (ship) scaffolds only. For requirements that apply to all types of suspended scaffolds, please refer to the Two-point (swing stage) module of this eTool.
General Requirements
  • Platforms must be supported by and securely fastened to a minimum of two bearers extending at least 6 inches beyond the platform on both sides; [1926.452(s)(1)]

  • Rope connections must not allow the platform to shift or slip. [1926.452(s)(2)]

  • When only two ropes are used with each float: [1926.452(s)(3)]

    • Ropes must be arranged to provide four ends that are securely fastened to overhead supports [1926.452(s)(3)(i)], and

    • Each rope must:

      • Be hitched to one end of the bearer,

      • Pass under the platform and be hitched again at the other end, and

      • Leave enough rope for supporting ties. [1926.452(s)(3)(ii)]
  • Each employee on a float (ship) scaffold must be protected by a personal fall-arrest system. [1926.451(g)(1)(i)]

Non-mandatory Guidelines
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