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An explanation of the term “Competent Person” and its relation to scaffold user training and scaffold competent person training. Can a scaffold user be a competent person?  Does it require a competent person to be a scaffold user?  And what if you are incompetent—does that mean you cannot be a...
As with all scaffolds, there are design, construction, and safety issues with mobile scaffolds.  The idea here is to discuss some engineering issues, leaving the obvious safety issues to the “competent person, qualified in scaffold construction.”  Now that I think about it, perhaps the safety...
However, recent accidents would indicate that something isn’t quite right.  Maybe the rules aren’t being followed.  Maybe somebody doesn’t know what he/she is doing.  Maybe it’s just plain old bad luck.  I’ll agree with the first two possibilities but most certainly not the third.  Scaffold...
#1  Fall Protection – Residential construction 6’ or more: 1926.501(b)(13) #2  Fall Protection – Unprotected sides and edges: 1926.501(b)(1) #3  Aerial Lifts – Fall protection:  1926.453(b)(2)(v) #4  Head Protection: 1926.100(a) #5  Fall Hazards training program:  1926.503(a)(1) #6  Scaffolds –...
A very good friend of mine asked me why we always talk about safety from the top down but never from the bottom up.   In other words, why is the focus on management and not the worker?  He suggested that I look into the matter and perhaps offer an explanation or better yet, explain why it is...