Working Height Where Fall Protection is Required for Scaffolds
29 CFR 1926 Subpart L has what's known as vertical fall protection requirements. This standard overrides the general requirement from Fall Protection Subpart M which requires fall protection at six feet above a lower level. Scaffold general requirements 1926.451(g)(1) requires all scaffold workers to have fall protection when working 10 feet or greater above a lower level.
Required Type of Fall Protection For Scaffolds
The commonly used supported scaffolding requires either a personal fall arrest system or a guardrail system. Most types of suspended scaffolding will require a personal fall arrest system. Here is chart for fall protection requirements on scaffolds.
|Type of Scaffold||Required Fall Protection|
|Supported scaffold||Personal fall arrest system or guardrail|
|Aerial lift||Personal fall arrest system|
|Boatswain's chair||Personal fall arrest system|
|Float scaffold||Personal fall arrest system|
|Ladder jack scaffold||Personal fall arrest system|
|Needle beam scaffold||Personal fall arrest system|
|Self-contained scaffold||Personal fall arrest system & guardrail system|
|Single-point suspension scaffolds||Personal fall arrest system & guardrail system|
|Two-point suspension scaffold||Personal fall arrest system & guardrail system|
|Catenary scaffold||Personal fall arrest system|
|Crawling board scaffold||Personal fall arrest system or guardrail system|
|All other scaffolds||Personal fall arrest system or guardrail system|
For a scaffolding safety training program that includes a written safety plan and forms, check out the Scaffolding Safety Training Compliance Kit.