A rolling scaffold is a type of supported scaffold set on wheels. Rolling scaffold’s design allows for easy movement, creating a more efficient workplace. Workers who frequently change their position use rolling scaffolds regularly.

Safety standards for rolling scaffolds are necessary to understand and differentiate from other scaffold standards because of their mobility. As with any scaffold, inspect rolling scaffolds before, during and after each use. Reject damaged parts from use and replace as soon as possible.

Always brace a rolling scaffold with:
  • Cross braces
  • Horizontal braces
  • Diagonal braces
  • Or a combination of braces

Braces prevent collapse of the scaffold, secure vertical members together and automatically square and align vertical members. Always pin together separate sections of a scaffold.

Moving a rolling scaffold:

Rolling scaffolds are designed for easy movement. With easy movement, hazards will occur if moved incorrectly. Lock scaffold wheels with positive wheel locks, wheel and swivel locks or equivalent means to prevent unwanted movement. OSHA requires each castor to have a brake on it to ensure safety of employees.

When moving a rolling scaffold, meet specific standards so as to not cause injury or accident. Apply manual force as close to the base as possible but not more than five feet above the supporting surface. Stabilize rolling scaffolds before movement to prevent tipping.

Do not ride on a rolling scaffold unless you meet certain conditions and requirements. Workers should follow OSHA standard 29 CFR 1926.452(w)(6) in regards to employees on moving scaffolds.

No employee should ride on scaffolds unless:
  • The surface underneath the scaffold is:
  1. within three degrees of level
  2. free of pits, holes and obstructions
  • The height to base width ratio of the scaffold is 2:1 or less during movement, unless the scaffold is designed and constructed to meet or exceed nationally recognized stability test requirements
  • Outrigger frames, when used, are installed on both sides of the scaffold
  • When power systems are used, the propelling force is:
  1. applied directly to the wheels
  2. does not produce a speed in excess of one foot per second
  • No employee is on any part of the scaffold that extends beyond the wheels, casters or other supports.

Notify each employee on a scaffold before moving it. Moving a scaffold with employees on it, especially if they are unaware of the move, can be dangerous.

Scaffolds can become dangerous if not properly used so take the time to move them properly and carefully. Follow all OSHA standards and guidelines when using scaffolds to ensure the safety of you and those around you.

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