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Guide to Scaffolds Platform and Planking

This 3 minutes safety training video covers: How wide a scaffold platforms and walkways should be, what is a Boatswain’s chairs and its uses, what is the requirements when using wooden plank as a chair’s seat, how to suspend a boatswain’s chair, how to stay safe when working with scaffolds, what are the different platform hazards. Click here to watch the 21 minutes full length version.

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Whenever a worker leaves the ground, the risk of an accident occurring increases dramatically. With more than 10,000 scaffold related injuries reported each year, OSHA has mandated that workers be trained on how to safely erect and use these work platforms. These products will help employers meet the training requirements of OSHAs Scaffolding regulation.

Atlantic’s training products on "Suspended Scaffolding Safety in Construction Environments" Safety Video helps employees understand the dangers of working with scaffolds, and how these risks can be minimized by knowing the correct ways to erect, maintain and use scaffolding equipment.

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Video Transcript

Platforms should be wide enough to allow workers room to store their tools, permit people to move around and pass by each other as they work. One type of suspended scaffold that doesn’t require room for walking is a "boatswain’s chair." Boatswain’s chairs are suspended from ropes. They are designed to support only one worker, in a seated position. The worker can sit on a board or in a sling made from fiber or synthetic material. If a wooden plank is used as a chair’s seat, OSHA requires that it be no less than 12 inches wide by 14 inches long. It must be at least one inch thick, to be strong enough to support the weight of an average worker.