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According to OSHA, “An estimated 2.3 million construction workers, or 65 percent

of the construction industry, work on scaffolds frequently.” Protecting these

workers from scaffold-related accidents would prevent 4,500 injuries and 50

deaths every year, at a savings for American employers of $90 million in workdays

not lost.”

On August 30, 1996, OSHA issued revised standards for scaffolds. The revised

standard, known as "Safety Standards for Scaffolds Used in the Construction

Industry," is found in Title 29 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 1926, Subpart L.

The final rule updates the existing construction scaffold standards in Subpart L. The

new standards set performance-based criteria to protect employees from scaffold-related hazards such as falls, falling objects, structural instability, electrocution, and overloading.


The number one reason that employees are injured on scaffolding is due to falls. These could be prevented with proper guard rails and fall protection according to what scaffolding is being used.

STEP has devised the following trainings to assist in becoming compliant and knowledgeable about scaffolding: 4-hr scaffold user and 8-hr scaffolding competent person. These trainings will include the following topics:


  • Overview of 1926 Subpart L

  • Erecting Scaffolding Frame

  • Scaffolding Inspections

  • Tube and Clamp Attachments

  • General Scaffolding Requirements

  • Supplemental Information


These training courses may be conducted at your job site or at a designated location offsite. Employees that are not trained properly on proper erection, use and maintenance of scaffolding should not be working on or around them. STEP can assist you in creating a strong employee knowledge base and conduct high-quality training.

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