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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.

Collage of Multi-point Adjustable, Multi-level, Needle Beam, Boatswain's Chair, Interior Hung, Catenary, Single-Point Adjustable, and Two-Point Adjustable Scaffolds

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.

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.

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

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.

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

Needle Beam: A platform suspended from needle beams.

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

Float (ship): Braced platform resting on two parallel bearers and hung from overhead supports by ropes of fixed length.

 
 
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