This week’s GBCA Safety Toolbox Talk discusses Scaffold-Use Safety:


While this Toolbox Talk provides tips for working on scaffolds safely, all employers must make sure that workers who work on scaffolds are qualified.

OSHA defines a worker as being qualified to work on a scaffold as “one who—by possession of a recognized degree, certificate, or professional standing, or who by extensive knowledge, training, and experience—has successfully demonstrated his/her ability to solve or resolve problems related to the subject matter, the work, or the project.”

Also important is the competency of all workers on job sites. OSHA defines a competent person as “one who is capable of identifying existing and predictable hazards in the surroundings or working conditions, which are unsanitary, hazardous to employees, and who has authorization to take prompt corrective measures to eliminate them.”


Check out OSHA’s Guide to Scaffold-Use in the Construction Industry:

Click below for more information about OSHA’s Scaffold-Use standards:


For OSHA’s FAQ-style E-Tool on Scaffold Use: