In our previous issue, we looked at safety tips for erecting scaffolding. Here are some for using scaffolding:

  • Ensure scaffolding is level before using it.
  • Use safety harnesses when you’re on any scaffold platform that doesn't have a guardrail or complete deck.
  • Keep surfaces free of debris.
  • Keep tools and materials to the minimum needed.
  • Lock the wheels of mobile scaffolds before using.
Furthermore, OSHA 1926.454 requires training for each person working on scaffolding. To protect yourself, ask each person who's going up there with you if they've completed the company's scaffolding training. Ask your safety director about this if nobody seems to have taken it.