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Scaffolding is used in a wide variety of projects including new construction, routine maintenance, renovation, painting, repairing, performing art activities, and more. Scaffolding offers a safer, more comfortable working arrangement compared to leaning over edges, stretching overhead, or working from ladders. Scaffolding also provides employees safe access to their working locations, a safe and stable working platform, and a temporary storage location for tools and materials. Scaffolding accidents mainly involve personnel falls and falling objects cause by equipment failure, incorrect operating procedures, and environmental conditions. Additionally, scaffolding overloading is a frequent single cause of major scaffold failure.


The use of and installations for scaffolds shall follow OSHA and Oklahoma State EHS requirements. Refer to the Scaffolding Program Manual for appropriate procedures, university policy, and requirements that must be followed when using and installing scaffolding at OSU.



Scaffolding Inspection Checklist

Scaffolding Program Manual


Useful Information

OSHA Scaffolding eTool

OSHA Scaffolding Requirements



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