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Suspended Scaffolds

Suspended scaffolds are platforms suspended by ropes, or other non-rigid means, from an overhead structure. Because two-point scaffolds are the most common type of suspended scaffold, this eTool uses the Two-Point module to describe requirements that apply to all suspended scaffolds. Requirements specific to the other types are described only in their respective modules.

Catenary

Catenary

Platform supported by two essentially horizontal and parallel ropes attached to structural members of a building. Additional vertical pickups may also provide support.

Float (ship)

Float (ship)

Braced platform resting on two parallel bearers and hung from overhead supports by ropes of fixed length.

Interior Hung

Interior Hung

Platform suspended from the ceiling or roof structure by fixed-length supports.

Multi-level

Multi-level

Two-point or multi-point adjustable suspension scaffold with a series of platforms at various levels resting on common stirrups.

Multi-point Adjustable

Multi-point Adjustable

Platform(s) suspended by more than two ropes from overhead supports and equipped with a means to permit the platform to be raised and lowered. Includes chimney hoists.

Needle Beam

Needle Beam

A platform suspended from needle beams.

Single-point Adjustable

Single-point Adjustable

Platform suspended by one rope from an overhead support and equipped with a means to permit the platform to be moved to desired working levels.

Two-point (swing stage)

Two-point (swing stage)

Platform supported by hangers (stirrups) suspended by two ropes from overhead supports and equipped with a means to permit the platform to be raised and lowered.

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