Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Slide 32

Slide 32


Title: Pole

Type: Text Slide with Image


  • Restrict movement of existing platform until bearers are set, and braced
  • Couplers have to be made of structural steel
  • The use of couplers made from gray cast iron is prohibited
  • Designed by P.E. when more than 125 feet
  • Transverse bracing form an "X" across width of the scaffold must be installed at scaffold ends

[Includes illustration of a pole scaffold]

Speaker Notes:

Pole scaffolds are a type of supported scaffold in which every structural component, from uprights to braces to platforms, is made of wood. OSHA has standards for two kinds: single-pole, which are supported on their interior side by a structure or wall, and double-pole, which are supported by double uprights independent of any structure.

Because they have to be built from scratch and cannot easily be reused, pole scaffolds are considered old-fashioned and are rarely used today.

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