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
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...
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