Preparing for Use
Photo courtesy of VSRA.
SWP 1. Designate a
Qualified Person for the Project
hanging staging should be erected and dismantled only
by trained workers under the supervision of a Qualified Person. A Qualified Person is a person who by possession of a recognized degree or certification of professional standing, or who by extensive knowledge, training, and experience has successfully demonstrated the ability to solve or resolve problems related to the subject matter, the work, or the project. The Qualified Person is designated by an employer as responsible for erection, alteration, modification, disassembly, and any ongoing inspection of the staging. Also, workers and others who use the staging should be trained to recognize unsafe acts and conditions related to the equipment.
The Qualified Person designated by
the employer is critical to both planning for and ensuring
the safety of the staging. The Qualified Person’s
- Preliminary inspection of the areas where the
marine hanging staging will be erected, including
the condition of the overhead anchorages.
- Inspection of the materials to be used for the
staging, including the suspension cable assemblies
and fall protection equipment.
- Continuous supervision of the assembly, disassembly,
alteration, or modification of the staging and fall
- Periodic inspection of all marine hanging staging
components (the frequency of inspections depends
on the type of components used and the duration of