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Scaffold statutes

As you probably know, fall protection is the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA's) most frequently cited violation in the roofing industry. However, less well-known is the second most frequently cited violation: scaffolding. More than 1,200 scaffolding-related citations were issued in 2008 with more than $1.1 million in penalties.

There is significant scaffold use in roofing, and you should be as well-versed in OSHA's scaffold provisions as you are in OSHA's fall-protection provisions.

OSHA's rules

OSHA's construction scaffold standard, 29 CFR 1926.451, includes requirements for capacity, construction, access, use and fall protection for numerous scaffold types commonly used in the roofing industry. These include tubular welded-frame scaffolds, tube and coupler scaffolds, chicken ladders (or crawling boards as OSHA calls them), ladder jack scaffolds, pump jack scaffolds and suspension scaffolds.