Safety Alliance

Suspended Scaffold Competent Person



This  Suspended Scaffold Competent Person Course that was specifically created to address OSHA’s training requirements for Suspended Scaffolding under 1926.451. Topics covered include personal fall arrest systems, OSHA regulations for suspended scaffolds, materials handling, hazards common with scaffolds, and more.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of the Suspended Scaffold Competent Person course, the student should be able to:

  • Protect themselves while working with scaffolding according to OSHA’s rules and regulations.
  • Properly erect a scaffold and make sure that any existing scaffolding is sturdy and ready for work.
  • Use guardrails and PFA systems when necessary.
  • Keep debris to a minimum when working with scaffolding.
  • Follow safe work practices that are in line with OSHA recommendations.

Course Outline


  • The importance of scaffolding in construction and common accidents that occur while using them.
  • OSHA regulations developed specifically for scaffolding.
  • Platforms and planking.

Scaffold Assembly

  • Training required by OSHA in Assembly/Disassembly, Placement, Material Handling, and Fall prevention.
  • Scaffold Experts that are required on-site when scaffolds are used.
  • Creating a firm foundation for Scaffold Assembly that will accommodate the Maximum Intended Load.
  • Important steps to remember while erecting a scaffold.

Working with Scaffolds

  • Proper positioning of different platforms.
  • How to inspect platforms for damage.
  • Hazards which are common when working with platforms, such as power lines.
  • Safe access of scaffolds in their final position.
  • OSHA requirements for safety rails on scaffolding.
  • Inspecting ramps, walkways, and platforms.
  • OSHA approved PPE when working with suspended platforms
  • Recognizing the danger of fall hazards when off the ground and how to avoid them.
  • Using Personal Fall Arrest systems.
  • The proper specifications for safety rails.
  • Differing types of safety nets, their uses and maintenance.
  • The proper way to use a full body harness, while still maintaining a wide range of movement.
  • Testing fall prevention equipment to make sure that it works properly.

Additional Information

Course Length: 8 hrs

Course Required By: OSHA, ANSI

Written Exam: Written and hands-on competency will be evaluated at the end of each course. Incorrectly answered questions will be reviewed with student to ensure understanding before completion of course. Student shall be required to demonstrate proper lifting techniques.

Retraining: Student should consider an annual refresher, or may be required by company