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Scaffolding is a temporary, field erected structure used for
working aloft. This is one of the most important parts of the production
process. It also has the potential to be one of the most dangerous. Because it
is a temporary structure, it is subject to abuses like improper assembly and
unauthorized changes. A fall from 5 ft. has the potential to cause serious and
potentially fatal injuries. The following is a partial listing of the shipyard
industry scaffolding/staging requirements. Please refer to 29 CFR 1915.71 for
additional requirements that may apply to the specific type of scaffolding used
by your company.
Planking - 2x10 lumber should be
used. It should be straight grained and free from knots and splits. It can be
clear or treated. The platform staging shall project beyond the supporting
members on either side by 6 inches.
Top and Mid Rails: Scaffolding at
or above 5 ft. in height or over water, at any height, shall have a top and
mid-rail in place. The top rail shall be 42-45 inches above the plank surface
and the mid-rail should be located half way in between the plank and the top
rail. The material used for the top and mid-rail can be 2x4 lumber, flat bar or
pipe. Synthetic or wire rope can be used if kept taut utilizing rigid supports.
When exposed to chemicals or hot work, fiber or rope top and midrails shall not
Width: If the width between
supports is greater than 8 ft., rails shall be equivalent in strength to 2x4
Toe Boards: When working from
scaffolding, toe boards, with a height of 4 inches, shall be used on the outer
scaffold edge. This is to prevent tools, etc. from falling over the side and
onto someone's head. These toe boards are only required if workers are
underneath the scaffolding.
Access: Access to scaffolding
over 5 ft. in height above the floor, deck or ground shall consist of well
secured stairways, cleated ramps, fixed or portable ladders meeting the
applicable requirements of 1915.72 or rigid non-collapsible trestles with
parallel and level rungs. Ramps and stairways shall be provided with 36 inch
handrails with mid rails.
Ladders or other means shall be located so that it is not necessary for employees to step more that one foot from the ladder to any intermediate landing or platform. When using a ladder to access staging, make sure it is tied off at least at the top.
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