November 2009

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Scaffold and ladder safety

Learn OSHA provisions related to ladder and scaffold use

by Harry Dietz
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It is well-known among roofing professionals that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA's) most commonly issued citation against employers in the roofing industry is for fall-protection infractions. However, infractions involving scaffolds and ladders also are among OSHA's most commonly issued citations and have unique sets of requirements.

Scaffold safety

Unlike fall-protection requirements under Subpart M of OSHA's construction regulations, fall-protection issues related to scaffold use are controlled by Subpart L. This causes a fair amount of confusion among roofing professionals.

Subpart L addresses fabricated (tubular) frame scaffolds common at many construction sites, as well as chicken ladders (which OSHA refers to as crawling boards), ladder jacks and pump jack scaffolds. But subpart L's most divergent and critical requirement is related to worker fall...

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Ladder and scaffold safety

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