Scaffold Safety – Tool box Talk 2


Proper access must be prived to access the work platform of the scaffold.

  • Ladders that are a part of the scaffolding system, such as hook-on and attachable ladders, shall be positioned so that the bottom rung is not more than 24 inches above the supporting level.
  • Portable extension ladders used to access the work platform must meet OSHA design and use criteria, Which includes securing the ladder to the scaffold at the top and bottom and having the ladder extend at least three feet past the landing surface. Ladders must also be positioned so as not to tip the scaffold.
  • Stair-towers must have hand and mid-rails on each side of the stairway. Stairs must be at least 18 inches wide and have a landing platform at least 18 inches long at each level. Stair treads must be of slip-resistant design. The riser height must be uniform, and the stair angle must be between 40 and 60 degrees from the horizontal.
  • Cross braces can NEVER be used  as a method of access
  • Opening for access points must be protected from fall hazards.


A competent person shall inspect the scaffold, scaffold components, and ropes on suspended scaffolds before each work shift and after any occurrence which could affect the structural integrity and authorize prompt corrective action.

  • Scaffolds must be tagged each day showing inspection status. Green tag means safe to use and red tag means not approved for use.


Scaffold frames (I.e. Bucks) must be joined together vertically by coupling or stacking pins (or equivalent means).

  • All frames MUST be secured together with safety pins.

Either the manufacturer’s recommendation or the following placements shall be used for guys, ties, and braces: install guys, ties, and braces at the closest horizontal member to the 4:1 height and repeat vertically with the top restraint no further than the 4:1 height from the top: