General description

ScaffoldScaffolds are used by campus employees for a variety of applications. In a Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS) study, 72% of workers injured in scaffold accidents attributed the accident either to the planking or support giving way, or to the employee slipping or being struck by a falling object. All of these can be controlled by following your scaffold safety rules.

General regulatory citations (federal and Wisconsin)

Public employees in Wisconsin are covered by reference through various OSHA scaffold standards adopted for public employee safety (see Wisconsin Administrative Code, SPS 332.50). The rules in title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) most likely to apply to campus employees would be:

  • 1910.28, Safety requirements for scaffolding
  • 1910.29, Manually propelled mobile ladder stands and scaffolds (towers)
  • 1926 Subpart L — Scaffolds

Employee training

A list of training topics for employees who work on scaffolds:

  • The scope of the rules
  • Common scaffolding terms
  • The training requirements for employees
  • Electrical safety
  • Fall protection
  • Guardrail systems
  • Falling object protection
  • Load capacities
  • Proper materials handling
  • Inspection requirements
  • Damaged components
  • Safe access to scaffold platforms
  • Hazards of increasing the working heights on a scaffold platform
  • Moving scaffolds
  • Erecting and dismantling scaffolds

References and other resources



This publication was prepared for environmental, health and safety staff at University of Wisconsin System campuses, to assist in finding resources and information for regulatory compliance. It is not intended to render legal advice.

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