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Suspended Scaffold Training

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Suspended Scaffold (Swing Stage) User Training $100 per person

2 to 4 Hour Course / Spanish & English

Suspended Scaffold (Swing Stage) Competent Person Training $200 per person

4 to 8 Hour Course / Spanish & English

Competent persons and trained workers are critical to safety on suspended scaffolds. Therefore, assessing personnel abilities is a vital part of scaffold design, erection, maintenance, and use, and should not be overlooked in scaffold inspections. This course prepares individuals to become a Competent Person for suspended scaffolds (Swing Stage)

Course Description

This course will help participants identify the dangers of working with suspended scaffolds and how these risks can be minimized by knowing the correct ways to erect, maintain, inspect and use scaffolding equipment.

Training will include instruction on how to visually inspect suspended scaffold equipment, identify basic scaffold components, and execute safe assembly and disassembly of the equipment. Students are required to participate in all class exercises, which shall include use of various types of suspended scaffolding and rigging operations.

Learning Objectives

Upon the completion of this Suspended Scaffold course, the students will have the knowledge to:

  • Identify suspended scaffold systems and their essential components
  • Identify the most common suspended scaffold hazards
  • Explain how to prevent exposure to suspended scaffold hazards
  • Identify OSHA regulations that pertain to scaffold design and use
  • Demonstrate ability to properly inspect and attach personal fall arrest system used by suspended scaffold workers
  • Basic rigging and platform construction for suspended platforms.

Course Content:

  • Inspections and Duties of a Competent Person
  • Safe Work Practices
  • Definitions that Apply to Scaffolds
  • Erection and Dismantling of Scaffolds
  • Environmental Impacts
  • Outriggers, Anchors and Supports
  • Fall and Falling Object Protection
  • Electrical Hazards
  • Access and Egress
  • Ropes, Hoists and Safety Lines
  • Rescue

Osha Compliance:

The employer shall have each employee who performs work while on a scaffold trained by a person qualified in the subject matter to recognize the hazards associated with the type of scaffold being used and to understand the procedures to control or minimize those hazards 1926.454 (a).

Training Requirements for Suspended Scaffolds OSHA CFR 1926.454:

This section supplements and clarifies the requirements of § 1926.21(b)(2) as these relate to the hazards of work on scaffolds.

The employer shall have each employee who performs work while on a scaffold trained by a person qualified in the subject matter to recognize the hazards associated with the type of scaffold being used and to understand the procedures to control or minimize those hazards. The training shall include the following areas, as applicable: 

  • The nature of any electrical hazards, fall hazards and falling object hazards in the work area;
  • The correct procedures for dealing with electrical hazards and for erecting, maintaining, and disassembling the fall protection systems and falling object protection systems being used;
  • The proper use of the scaffold, and the proper handling of materials on the scaffold;
  • The maximum intended load and the load-carrying capacities of the scaffolds used; and
  • Any other pertinent requirements of this subpart.

The employer shall have each employee who is involved in erecting, disassembling, moving, operating, repairing, maintaining, or inspecting a scaffold trained by a competent person to recognize any hazards associated with the work in question. The training shall include the following topics, as applicable:

  • The nature of scaffold hazards;
  • The correct procedures for erecting, disassembling, moving, operating, repairing, inspecting, and maintaining the type of scaffold in question; 
  • The design criteria, maximum intended load-carrying capacity and intended use of the scaffold;
  • Any other pertinent requirements of this subpart.

When the employer has reason to believe that an employee lacks the skill or understanding needed for safe work involving the erection, use or dismantling of scaffolds, the employer shall retrain each such employee so that the requisite proficiency is regained. Retraining is required in at least the following situations:

  • Where changes at the worksite present a hazard about which an employee has not been previously trained; or
  • Where changes in the types of scaffolds, fall protection, falling object protection, or other equipment present a hazard about which an employee has not been previously trained; or
  • Where inadequacies in an affected employee’s work involving scaffolds indicate that the employee has not retained the requisite proficiency

How Long Is This Course?

This 2 to 8-hour training program is designed to help companies comply with the OSHA Suspended Scaffold Standard. Upon completion the student will receive a certificate and wallet card.

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