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| Standard Number:||1926.250; 1926.250(b)(5); 1926.450; 1926.451; 1926.451(a); 1926.451(d)(3)(i); 1926.451(f)(3); 1926.451(f)(7); 1926.451(h); 1926.451(h)(2); 1926.451(h)(4); 1926.452; 1926.453; 1926.454; 1926.454(a)|
|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.|
Materials shall not be stored on scaffolds or runways in excess of supplies needed for immediate operations.Your scenario describes storing masonry materials (such as masonry block) on scaffolds several days in advance of block laying activities as well as storing the material on scaffolds overnight in preparation for the next day. For purposes of 29 CFR 1926.250(b)(5), "immediate operations" means work that will be done in the shift. The plain language of §1926.250(b)(5) prohibits the storage activities you describe. However, this provision was enacted prior to the promulgation of the current scaffold standard, Subpart L Scaffolds, §§1926.450 1926.454.
Scaffolds and scaffold components shall be inspected for visible defects by a competent person before each work shift, and after any occurrence which could affect a scaffold's structural integrity.Construction materials such as a pallet of brick or block that is stored on a scaffold for more than one shift may prevent the competent person from seeing a portion of the top surface of the platform. However, in most cases, it is sufficient to view the bottom surface.
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