Each year, OSHA compiles a list of the top 10 most cited violations that compliance safety and health officers see on their site visits. Scaffolding can be difficult to set up and maintain as required by the standard, so it comes in at number 3!
The following aspects of the Scaffolding standard are the most commonly cited by OSHA for the 2018 fiscal year:
Each employee on a scaffold more than 10 feet above the ground must be protected from falling to a lower level 1926.451(g)(1)
When scaffolding is more than two feet above a point of access, an appropriate surface shall be used for access, cross-braces are not considered appropriate 1926.451(e)(1)
Each platform on each level of a scaffold shall be fully planked or decked between the front uprights and the guard rail support 1926.451(b)(1)
Each employee shall be protected by personal fall arrest systems or guardrail systems meeting the requirements of (g)(4) in this section 1926.451(g)(1)(vii)
Supported scaffold poles, legs, posts, frames and uprights shall bear on base plates and mud sills or otherwise adequate foundation 1926.451(c)(2).
In order to avoid these citations, your scaffolding systems should be designed by a qualified person and be loaded according to this design. Time crunches on jobs can tempt employees to overload scaffolding, but do not fall into this trap. Always make sure that your employees are donning proper fall arrest systems or are protected by guardrails meeting the requirements in section (g) of this standard.
Always set up a firm base to avoid OSHA’s Top 10! If you need any assistance with meeting the requirements for scaffolding, STEP would be happy to help. Contact us at (270) 753-6529 to assist you in your needs today.