Safety is a critical consideration for any project, especially when high elevations are included. When it comes to scaffolding, it makes sense that there are a lot of safety regulations for use in Alabama. In this piece, we’ll talk about some specifics and help you protect your team from safety issues in the future.

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Is Alabama a State-Plan State?

No, Alabama is not a state-plan state. That means that there are no state-level laws that regulate how you can use scaffolding.

Who Determines the Safety Regulations for Alabama Scaffolding?

Since the state doesn’t make these determinations, it all comes down to OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration). OSHA has a series of rules that you can find here, and they can doll out some serious fines if you don’t meet the requirements.

In cases where too many rules are broken, OSHA can blacklist your site which hurts your future potential to find work.

Some OSHA Rules Governing Scaffold Use in Alabama

To provide the maximum safety, our team at Layher has various experts to provide support on the different OSHA rules that apply to scaffolding. To give you a better picture, here are some of the more prevalent OSHA rules that apply to use in Alabama.

When an Engineer Is Needed

When you purchase or rent a scaffold from Layher, you won’t need to worry about having an engineer on staff. Oftentimes, scaffolds are pre-engineered which might be sufficient depending on the application. However, large scaffolds or scaffolds in public areas typically require engineering. Layher supports the design process and will work with the PE of your choice to meet OSHA and other requirements. 

Are Experts Required for Installation?

OSHA  requirea competent person to install your scaffolding. Experts need to be used for designing complex scenarios, and training. You’ll need a scaffolding safety expert to explain some of the risks and how to properly use scaffolding, and we provide some training for you.

If you are new to scaffold or need additional support for your team, Layher does provide training and on-site support. This can be valuable and important to get the job done! 

Keep Your Platform Clean

To provide a maximum of safety, OSHA requires that you keep the scaffolding platform clean. Working on a platform that’s “cluttered with debris” is a direct violation of their rules.

When Handrails are Required

If your scaffolding platform is 10 feet above the next-nearest surface below, then you’ll need handrails. There is also a slew of rules from OSHA that define how railings have to be built and the dimensions of them.

All scaffolding offered at Layher has OSHA-compliant railings and platforms.

The Types of Access Points

You can’t DIY an access point to any scaffolding used if you want to meet OSHA requirements. OSHA has specific requirements regarding the access to and from the scaffold. There are a variety of access choices to and from the scaffold, such as ladders, a large variety of stair systems. 

Don’t DIY Counterweights

Counterweights are used to prevent tipping on certain scaffolds. You can’t do the counterweighting yourself, you’ll need professional engineer to plan and calculate it. OSHA has requirements about what objects can be used and how heavy the counterweight has to be.

Conclusion

There are a lot of ways that OSHA helps you to provide maximum safety as you build, use, and dismantle the scaffolding. Make sure you adhere to their rules, or else your business can get some hefty penalties. If you need more clarification, reach out to Layher today. We can help you get the best scaffolding to rent or purchase

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