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Suspended Scaffolds Multi-level

Multi-level

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

NOTE: The requirements on this page are specific to multi-level scaffolds only. For requirements that apply to all types of suspended scaffolds, please refer to the Two-point (swing stage) module of this eTool.

  • Multi-level suspended scaffolds must be equipped with additional independent support lines that are [29 CFR 1926.452(v)(1)]:
    • Equal in number to the number of points supported.
    • Equal in strength to the suspension ropes.
    • Rigged to support the scaffold if the suspension ropes fail.
  • Independent support lines and suspension ropes must not be anchored to the same points. [29 CFR 1926.452(v)(2)]
  • Supports for platforms must be attached directly to support stirrups (not to other platforms). [29 CFR 1926.452(v)(3)]
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