Many residential and commercial construction projects require the use of some form of scaffolding. Unsafe scaffolding procedures can cause accidents, serious injuries and even death. Accidents involving scaffolding mainly involve workers falling, incorrect operating procedures, environmental conditions, and falling materials.
As with many considerations on construction projects, safety is very important in scaffolding design and use. There are a number of legal requirements, legislations, and regulations that must be met by a construction company. According to OSHA, it is mandatory for employers to “furnish to each of his employees employment and a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to his employees“. Developing a Safe Scaffold Program (SSP) is an effective way to make sure the company meets these requirements.
An important support organization for those involved with the use of scaffolds is the Scaffold & Access Industry Association. In 2013, OSHA renewed an Alliance agreement with SAIA to mutually share information on OSH laws and standards, and to continue educational opportunities to forge solutions to OSH issues.
This course will discuss the elements of an effective Scaffold Safety Program (SSP) with emphasis on pre-planning the erection, use and dismantling processes.
Note: Special thanks goes out to the North Carolina Department of Labor (NCDOL), Occupational Safety and Health Division, for providing the primary source document for this course, A Guide to Safe Scaffolding. NCDOL provides many other valuable publications for safety professionals, and we recommend visiting them at www.nclabor.com.
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1. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. (2014). CFR 1926, Subpart L, Scaffolds. Department of Labor (DOL), Retrieved from:
2. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. (2014a). A Guide to Scaffold Use in the Construction Industry. Retrieved from:
3. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. (2014b). Scaffolding. Retrieved from: