Safety Tips


1.  All workers on a suspended scaffold must:

  • wear a safety harness (dorsal dynamic, OSHA-approved) at all times
  • be secured to an individual lifeline at all times
  • have an anchor point separate and independent from the outrigger tiebacks
  • must take the scaffold safety training class and get a Certificate of Completion
  • call 311 if you see unsafe conditions. You do not need to give your name
2.  Thoroughly check motors, brakes, and all mechanical equipment on a routine basis. Ensure that proper maintenance is performed prior to operating it on the site and that everything is functioning properly

3.  Ensure that all workers operating the motors, brakes, etc. know what to do during mechanical problems, such as when the motor drifts or brakes fail. This additional training can be incredibly useful in preventing the platform from going vertical.

4.  Never remove any emergency brakes or other safety mechanisms from the scaffold. If these additional safety elements are not functioning properly, workers should not use the scaffold.

5.  Supported scaffolds, suspended scaffolds, and sidewalk sheds can be affected by inclement weather. Sign up for the Department’s weather advisories by emailing to receive alerts when inclement weather is forecast.


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