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| Standard Number:||1926.451(c)(1)(iii); 1926.451(c)(2); 1926.451(c)(2)(i); 1926.451(f)(3); 1926.451(f)(7); 1926.450|
|OSHA requirements are set by statute, standards and regulations. Our interpretation letters explain these requirements and how they apply to particular circumstances, but they cannot create additional employer obligations. This letter constitutes OSHA's interpretation of the requirements discussed. Note that our enforcement guidance may be affected by changes to OSHA rules. Also, from time to time we update our guidance in response to new information. To keep apprised of such developments, you can consult OSHA's website at http://www.osha.gov.|
A 'competent person' for the purpose of this provision must have had specific training in and be knowledgable about the structural integrity of scaffolds as well as the degree of maintenance needed to maintain them. The competent person must also be able to evaluate the effects of occurrences such as, a dropped load, or a truck backing into a support leg that could damage a scaffold. In addition, the competent person must be knowledgeable about the requirements of this standard. A competent person must have training or knowledge in these areas in order to identify and correct hazards encountered in scaffold work.In the situation you have described, the competent person must be able to assess the load of employees, equipment and materials placed on the scaffold's foundation. While an engineering degree is not a prerequisite, that assessment normally requires some technical skills, and the competent person making that determination would have to have those skills.
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