Scaffold Safety – Competent Person

Prerequisites: This course shall have no formal pre-requisite.

Course Length: 6-8 hours – Course length shall vary depending on the number of delegates. Total course time includes breaks.

Class Size: The maximum number of delegates that may be trained and tested per instructor shall be thirty-five (35) in the classroom session and twenty (20) in the practical session. A second instructor shall be added for the practical session once the participation exceeds twenty (20).

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Course Objective

  • Provide delegates assigned to work on or around scaffolds the necessary skills to safely perform their jobs.
  • Provide delegates with recommended practices and guidelines to perform safely while working with scaffolds.
  • Delegates should be able to demonstrate the necessary skills during practical examination and demonstrate knowledge during written examination.

Course Design

  • Power Point© / Lecture / Audio Video / Visual Aids
  • Practical Exercises

Successful Course Completion

  • Requires a minimum score of 75% or better.
  • Grades shall be calculated by dividing the number of questions answered correctly by the total number of exam questions.
  • Delegates will have no more than thirty (30) minutes to complete the exam.
  • Successful completion of practical session is mandatory.

Course Content Summary

  • Classroom
  • Practicals

Breaks: 10 minutes (approximately every hour)

Lunch: 1 Hour

Course Outline
About Scaffolds

  • Scaffold Regulations
  • Competent Person Definition
  • Scaffold Training Elements
  • Tagging System
    • Green Tags
    • Yellow Tags
    • Red Tags
  • Common Scaffold Types
    • Tube and Clamp Scaffold
    • System Scaffold
    • Rolling Tower Scaffold
    • Frame Scaffold
  • Basic Scaffold Components
    • Mud Sills
    • Screw Jacks
    • Vertical Post
    • Support Structure
      • Runners
      • Bearers
      • Diagonal Braces
      • Clamps
    • Working Area
      • Guardrail System, planks and platforms, ladders
  • Safe Access to a Scaffold
  • Scaffold Classification
    • Light Duty
    • Medium Duty
    • Heavy Duty
  • Scaffold Load Capacity Calculation Example

Scaffold Requirements

  • Scaffold Platform
    • Plank Requirements
      • Metal
      • Wood
    • Securing Planks
    • Plank Loading
    • Wood Plank
      • Labeling/Usage
      • Allowable Spans
      • Intended Load
      • Integrity
        • Allowable Knots
        • Allowable Splits
        • Deformations
          • Warp Table Example

Fall Protection

  • Guardrail System Requirements
    • Top Rail
    • Mid Rail
    • Toe Boards
    • Vertical Supports
  • Personal Fall Arrest System Requirements
    • Harness
    • Lanyard
    • Anchor Point
      • Vertical Life Lines
      • Horizontal Life Lines
  • Falling Objects

Scaffold Construction

  • Scaffold Erection/Dismantling
    • Competent Person Requirements
    • Safe Access
    • Material Handling
      • Use of rope to lift/lower material/tools
      • Proper knot security
        • Tubulars
        • Planks
        • Tools, etc…
    • Barricading Work Area

Scaffold Safety

  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • General Safety
  • Ladder Safety
  • Welding Safety
  • Scaffold Security
    • Rolling Scaffolds
    • Securing Scaffolds to Solid Structures
    • Wind Force Example
  • Electrical Safety
  • Scaffold Inspection
    • Review Inspection Criteria

Practical Session
Practical training shall utilize 1 tier (at minimum) of scaffolding similar to the type the employee will utilize in the field.
Practical shall verify the following:

  • Select and wear appropriate PPE during practical training
  • Perform proper pre-use inspection of Scaffold and equipment
  • Remove scaffold and associated tools/equipment from service if it is unsafe
  • Identify hazards associated with scaffolds
  • React to unusual or emergency situations
  • Understand proper use of tools and equipment
  • Move material in a safe manner
  • Utilize proper fall protection
  • Determine safe scaffold platform capacity
  • Safely erect and dismantle scaffold
  • Secure materials for raising/lowering (rope knot application and usage)
  • Access/egress from scaffold properly

Training Center Provided Material

  • PPE
  • Scaffold
  • Tools

Delegate Requirements

  • None

Reference Material / Documents
OSHA 29 CFR 1926 Subpart L

  • Course ID #: MA080


May 24 2024


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