Basic Safe Work Procedures for Scaffold Erection

Before erection of scaffolding a short tool box meeting will be held by the erection crew to discuss erection procedures.
One member of the crew will go to the roof to locate appropriate anchors for lifelines. If the tear-down consists of 10 frames or nine bays wide, at least 4 ropes will be required. If anchor points are available on rope should be utilized for every 2nd or 3rd bay of scaffolding. Be aware if a possible swing fall hazard. Anchor points must be able to withstand 5,000lbs.
The crew will then discuss and fill out the required site-specific fall protection plan including rescue procedures .
If it is required the area will be cordoned off to prevent entry by unauthorized workers. Ensure no other work is being performed directly above where you will be erecting scaffolding.
Using base plates/screw jacks stand end frames ensuring adequate sills or pads are used.
Connect the end frames with cross braces ensuring the unit is plumb and level.
Install planks (minimum 20" wide) or manufactured aluminum deck.
Install the second row of end frames from the deck and install cross braces. Install handrails, if required, pig tails and endstops.
The worker on the top section must utilize fall protection equipment. Install the third row of end frames from the deck below. Install planks or manufactured decks from below also
Install cross braces, guard rails, pig tails and endstops.
Ensure building tie-ins are installed as work progresses. If three foot wide frames are used, the first row of building tie-ins will be at 9 feet (three times the minimum base dimension). The minimum distance for vertical tie-ins after this point is 20 feet. Horizontal tie-ins must be placed at a minimum distance of every third bay or 21 feet, whichever is less. Tie-ins must also be placed at each end of the scaffold.
Ensure adequate access to the scaffold is maintained at all times.

Note: The above procedures will vary somewhat depending on the type of components used, i.e. width and height of frames.

Rescue Procedures

Each crew is equipped with a cellular telephone.

If a worker falls and is suspended by fall arrest equipment he will initiate self-rescue if possible.

If self rescue is not possible fellow worker(s) will initiate rescue procedures.

If fellow worker(s) cannot effectively and safely assist with rescue procedure,

CALL 911.


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