OSHA Construction Scaffolding

This course targeted to the organizations that must use or erect and or dismantle different types of scaffolding utilized in the construction industry.

Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced
Course Length: 6 Hours

What you'll learn

  • Introduction to OSHA Construction Scaffolding Safety Training
  • Scaffold Platform Construction
  • Supported Scaffold Bracing
  • Suspension Scaffold Support Devices
  • Safe Access to Scaffolds
  • Scaffold Load Capacity
  • Fall Protection Introduction
  • Fall Protection: Guardrails
  • Scaffold-Specific Safety Requirements
  • Safety Training for Workers
  • Non-mandatory Guidance for Fulfilling OSHA Scaffolding Standards

Course Description

This course covers the OSHA Safety Standards for Scaffolds used in the Construction Industry standard (1926 subpart L) is targeted to employees of organizations that must use or erect and or dismantle different types of scaffolding utilized in the construction industry. The approach of this course is to cover hazard identification, control, and checklists for specific types of scaffolds.

The OSHA Construction Scaffolding Safety course consists of content, graphics, audio, self check (non-scored) questions, and a final exam.

Course Outline

OSHA Construction Scaffolding Course Outline

About this course

Course Objectives

Introduction to OSHA Construction Scaffolding Safety Training

  • Regulations Governing Scaffolds
  • Key Terms and Definitions

Scaffold Platform Construction

  • Platform Coatings and Finishes
  • No Mixing of Dissimilar Scaffold Parts

Supported Scaffold Bracing

  • Supported Scaffold Foundations
  • Importance of Base Plates
  • Importance of Bracing
  • Removal of Bracing
  • Manufacturer Specifications for Bracing
  • Difference Between Scaffolding and Shoring
  • Inspection of Welded Tubular Frame Scaffolding

Suspension Scaffold Support Devices

  • Counterweights for Suspension Scaffolds
  • Outrigger Beams for Suspension Scaffolds
  • Suspension Scaffold Ropes
  • Wire Suspension Scaffold Ropes
  • Inspection of Suspension Scaffolding
  • Suspension Rope Inspection
  • Suspension Scaffold Hoists

Safe Access to Scaffolds

  • Stairway Access to Scaffolds
  • Access for Erectors and Dismantlers

Scaffold Load Capacity

  • Clearance Between Scaffolds and Power Lines
  • Welding Precautions When Working on Suspension Scaffolds
  • More Safety Guidelines for Scaffold Use

Fall Protection Introduction

  • Fall Protection Guidelines
  • Fall Protection for Scaffold Erectors and Dismantlers
  • Personal Fall Arrest System: Connectors
  • Personal Fall Arrest Systems: Lifelines
  • Personal Fall Arrest Systems: Anchorages
  • Personal Fall Arrest Systems: Stopping a Fall
  • Personal Fall Arrest Systems: Inspection and Use
  • Use of Scaffolds as an Anchorage for Personal Fall Arrest Systems
  • The Risks of Getting Distracted
  • Non-Mandatory Guidelines for Complying with PFAS Regulations
  • Test Methods for Personal Fall Arrest Systems
  • Employee Training for Personal Fall Arrest Systems
  • Suitable Anchorage Points
  • Distance Considerations

Fall Protection: Guardrails

  • Falling Object Protection
  • Canopies and Toeboards

Scaffold-Specific Safety Requirements

  • Pole Scaffolds
  • Tube and Coupler Scaffolds
  • Fabricated Frame Scaffolds
  • Bricklayers’ Square Scaffolds
  • Horse Scaffolds
  • Form Scaffolds and Carpenters’ Bracket Scaffolds
  • Roof Bracket Scaffolds
  • Outrigger Scaffolds
  • Pump Jack Scaffolds
  • Ladder Jack Scaffolds
  • Window Jack Scaffolds
  • Crawling Boards (Chicken Ladders)
  • Step, Platform, and Trestle Ladder Scaffolds
  • Single-Point Adjustable Suspension Scaffolds
  • Two-Point Adjustable Suspension Scaffolds
  • Multi-Point Adjustable Suspension Scaffolds
  • Catenary Scaffolds
  • Float (Ship) Scaffolds
  • Interior Hung Scaffolds
  • Needle Beam Scaffolds
  • Multi-Level Suspended Scaffolds
  • Mobile Scaffolds

Safety Training for Workers

Safety Training for Erectors and Inspectors


The Role of Competent Persons in Scaffold Safety

The Role of Qualified Persons in Scaffold Safety

The Role of the Engineer in Scaffold Safety

Non-mandatory Guidance for Fulfilling OSHA Scaffolding Standards

Appendix A – Scaffold Specifications

Appendix A – Solid Sawn Wood and Allowable Spans

Appendix A – Fabricated Planks and Platforms

Appendix A – Guardrails


Additional Resources

Final Exam

Frequently Asked Questions

Who must take this training?

OSHA 29 CFR § 1926.454 Training requirements states: This section supplements and clarifies the requirements of § 1926.21(b)(2) as these relate to the hazards of work on scaffolds.

(a) 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.

How often is retraining or recertification required?

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:

(1) Where changes at the worksite present a hazard about which an employee has not been previously trained; or
(2) 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
(3) Where inadequacies in an affected employee’s work involving scaffolds indicate that the employee has not retained the requisite proficiency.

It is our recommendation that workers be retrained at least every three years.

What are the governing regulations?

This online construction scaffold safety training and certification course follows the regulations set forth in OSHA 29 CFR § 1926 Subpart L Scaffolds Safety Standards for Scaffolds Used in the Construction Industry.

Navigation Strategies

Beginners: Complete the course in order from beginning to end. Once any topic is completed, you will have full access to it at any time for one year after registration, to use as a resource.

Intermediate/Advanced Users: Use the course as a flexible resource tool to find what you need, whenever you need it. Try the assessment tests first, if you get 80%+ you can move to the next level, if you get less than 80% you should complete the lecture. This gives you a pre and post-assessment score, which can be used to track your skills improvements.

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