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Scaffolds (Staging) >> Independent Pole Wood Scaffolds
An independent pole wood scaffold is a supported scaffold consisting of a platform(s) resting on cross beams (bearers) supported by ledgers and uprights independent of support (except ties, guys, braces) from any structure.
Note: Newer methods of ship construction have greatly reduced the use of these scaffolds. [29 CFR 1915.71(c)]
Before reviewing this section, refer to the General scaffolding requirements.
- All pole uprights must be set plumb and rest on an adequate foundation. [29 CFR 1915.71(c)(1)]
- Light duty scaffolds must not be more than 24 feet in height: [29 CFR 1915.71(c)(2)]
- When poles are spliced, they must be in accordance with 29 CFR 1915.71(c)(3).
- Ledgers (such as stringer) must be leveled, secured, and adjusted as work progresses. [29 CFR 1915.71(c)(4)]
- Bearers must extend beyond the ledgers. [29 CFR 1915.71(c)(5)]
- Diagonal bracing must be provided. [29 CFR 1915.71(c)(6)]
- Minimum dimensions and spacing of members must be in accordance with 29 CFR 1915.71(c)(7).