Scaffolding has been around as long as humans started building up from the ground. OSHA scaffolding regulations define a scaffold as an elevated temporary work platform. Supported scaffolding is made by using one or more elevated platforms that are supported by rigid, load-bearing elements. Some common elements include frames. Poles, legs, frames, and pegs. Suspended scaffolding use ropes and other non-rigid elements.
Modern scaffolding is made from metals that are lightweight and strong, though much of the world still uses wooden scaffolding. The types of supported scaffolding that OSHA is concerned with include…
Fabricated Frame or Frame Scaffolding. – OSHA Definition: Platform(s) supported on fabricated end frames with integral posts, horizontal bearers, and intermediate members.
Ladder Jack Scaffolding – OSHA Definition: A ladder jack scaffold is a simple device consisting of a platform resting on brackets attached to a ladder. Ladder jacks are primarily used on lighter loads because of their portability and cost-effectiveness.
Mast Climbing Scaffolding – OSHA Definition: Mast climbing supported scaffolds (Mast Climbers) carry much heavier loads than traditional scaffolding and serve to position personnel, along with necessary tools, equipment, and materials to perform work at great heights.
Wood Pole or Pole Scaffolding – OSHA Definition: Posts with fixed connection points that accept runners, bearers, and diagonals, also made of wood, that can be interconnected at predetermined levels.
Pump Jack Scaffolding – OSHA Defination: Platform supported by vertical poles and movable support brackets.
Tube and Coupler Scaffolding – OSHA Definition: Platform(s) supported by tubing, erected with coupling devices connecting uprights, braces, bearers, and runners.
Specialty Scaffolding – OSHA Definition: Platform(s) supported by tubing, erected with coupling devices connecting uprights, braces, bearers, and runners.
OSHA recognizes that scaffolding is often an area where injuries occur. Injuries on scaffolding can be the result of human error, shoddy scaffolding construction, and inadequate fall protection elements. Modern scaffolding alternatives like modular platform systems address these areas to create safer work environments.
Safe Alternatives To Scaffolding
There are very safe alternatives to scaffolding that are automatically OSHA compliant. Modern modular work platforms are constructed to exacting standards that give users immediate OSHA compliance. Modular systems are designed to give workers superb fall protection, very stable workspaces, and ease of construction. Mobile work platforms and fixed work platforms are perfect for scheduled maintenance projects, manufacturing environments, and production line crossovers.
Whether a company uses scaffolding, expensive rental scaffolding, or modern modular work platforms the number one concern should be the strength of the platform and the safety measures put in place to add fall protection for workers.
Saferack consults with companies who want to give their workers the very best fall protection systems that can be added to scaffolding or rental scaffolding. Saferack also sells ErectaStep modular platform systems that are a great alternative to rental scaffolding. Saferack has been enhancing the safety for workers and companies for over 20 years. Call Saferack today to get solid advice about raised work platforms. Call SafeRack today.