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OSHA Scaffolding Inspection Checklist

An OSHA scaffolding inspection checklist is a crucial tool for ensuring safety and compliance in construction and other industries that utilize scaffolding. This checklist includes key points such as scaffold construction, stability, access, fall protection, and proper usage. Regular inspections using this checklist help identify potential hazards, maintain a safe work environment, and prevent accidents related to scaffolding structures.

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SUPPORTED SCAFFOLD INSPECTIONS
Reference image: Scaffolding parts [This is an example of how you can use Lumiform to add reference images in your templates to help with inspections]
Assure that tools and materials are at least 3 meters away from energised power lines.
Check metal elements for bends, cracks, holes, rust, welding splatter, pits, broken welds, and non-compatible parts.
Check if power lines near scaffolds are de-energized or that the scaffolds are at least 3 meters away from energised power lines.
Confirm that the scaffold is the accurate type for the loads, materials, employees and weather conditions.
Check footings to see if they are level, sound, rigid, and able to support the loaded scaffold.
Check legs, posts, frames, and uprights to check if they are on baseplates and mudsills.
Check for safe entrance. Do not use the cross braces as a ladder for access or exit.
Reference image: Maximum Vertical Tie Spacing Wider Than 3'- 0" Bases [This is an example of how you can use Lumiform to add reference images in your templates to help with inspections]
If the planks deflect 1 /60 of the span or 5 cm in a 3 meters wooden plank, the plank has been harmed and must not be used.
Look for guardrails and mid-rails on platforms where work is being performed.
Verify to see if the planks are close together, with spaces no more than 3 cm round uprights.
Check wooden planks for cuts, splits bigger than 1 /4 inch, end splits that are long, many large loose knots warps bigger than 1 /4 inch, boards and ends with gouges, mould, separated laminate(s), and grain sloping greater than 1 in 12 inches from the long edge and are scaffold grade wood or equivalent.
Check to see if the platform is 35 cm or less from the wall or 45 cm or less away if plastering/stucco.
Use braces, tie-ins and guying as defined by the scaffold’s producer at each end, vertically and horizontally to inhibit tipping.
Check to see if 10-foot or shorter planks are 15 to 30 cm over the centerline of the support, and that 3 meters or longer planks are no more than 45 cm over the end.
Check for operators under the platform and implement falling object protection or barricade the area. Assure that hard hats are used.
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Safeguarding Workers: The OSHA Scaffolding Inspection Checklist


Scaffolding plays a vital role in the construction and various industries, but its safe usage is paramount. The OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) Scaffolding Inspection Checklist serves as a comprehensive tool to ensure worker safety and regulatory compliance.


This essential checklist covers critical aspects such as scaffold construction, stability, access, fall protection, and proper usage. Regular inspections using this checklist enable employers and safety professionals to identify potential hazards, structural weaknesses, and non-compliance issues.


By diligently following the OSHA Scaffolding Inspection Checklist, organizations can proactively mitigate risks, maintain a safe work environment, and prevent accidents related to scaffolding structures. It promotes adherence to safety standards, increases worker confidence, and reduces the likelihood of injuries or fatalities.


Please note that this checklist template is a hypothetical appuses-hero example and provides only standard information. The template does not aim to replace, among other things, workplace, health and safety advice, medical advice, diagnosis or treatment, or any other applicable law. You should seek your professional advice to determine whether the use of such a checklist is appropriate in your workplace or jurisdiction.
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