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.