Scaffold designed by a qualified person?

Scaffold designed to support 4x maximum intended loads?


Scaffold erected, moved, dismantled of altered only under the supervision of a "Competent Person" and performed by trained employees?

Scaffold frames resting on baseplates and mud sills or adequate firm foundation? Do all scaffolds have baseplates?

Footings level, solid and able to support loads without settling?

Checked to make sure concrete block or bricks not used to support scaffold frame or platforms?

All scaffold frames and uprights plumb and braced to prevent swaying and displacement?

All frames and panels braced by cross, horizontal, or diagonal braces which secure vertical members together laterally?


All platforms on working levels fully decked between uprights and guardrails?

Each platform a minimum 18" in width?

Front edge of platforms within 14" of face of work?

Is each platform hooked or cleated to the frame or extended at least 6" and not more than 12" past the frame?

Are overlapping walkboards occurring at a support and the overlap a minimum of 12"?


Scaffold more than 2' above or below point of access (ground or floor) have a ladder, stairway, integral prefabricated access frame or access from another scaffold or structure?

Are cross braces being used for access?

If yes, was this corrected?

Are walkthrough end frames being used?

If yes, was this corrected?


Employees more than 10' above lower level have fall protection?

Guardrail system secured in place?

Top rail between 38" - 45" high and capable of supporting 200lb with mid rails midway between top rail and platform?

Are toe boards, screens or barricades at heights above 10' in place if a hazard for falling objects exists?


Is the height of the scaffold greater than 4x the minimum base width?

If yes, is scaffold restrained from tipping by tying, guying or bracing?

Are horizontal ties no greater than 30' apart?

Are vertical ties at the 4:1 ration, then every 20' apart?

Are outriggers installed to increase the minimum base width?


Was the scaffold inspected by a "Competent Person" at the beginning of the day or change in work shift?

Please note that this checklist is a hypothetical example and provides basic information only. It is not intended to take the place of, among other things, workplace, health and safety advice; medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment; or other applicable laws. You should also seek your own professional advice to determine if the use of such checklist is permissible in your workplace or jurisdiction.