The man in the hard hat asked , “Can you come down for a minute?” He looked like a man of authority so I obliged. I reached the ground from the 2nd level of the scaffold from where I was pulling our network cable in about 10 seconds. The “man” said ,” Can I see your 4 hour scaffold user card?” “Huh?” I think was my response. The OSHA inspector repeated, “ Can I see your 4 hour scaffold user card?”
Obviously I didn’t have one to show. He took a few notes and we were banned from using the scaffold until we had certified men on board. The following day we received a hefty fine from the NYC DOB. We scrambled to put together a 4 Hour Supported Scaffold User class. The class happened 3 days later and 5 techs were certified. This was back in 2009. The cards are good for 4 years when they will need to be renewed. Who knows, by then the rules may be different. Maybe we’ll need 10 or 12 hours!
You are not permitted on a scaffold in NYC without a 4 Hour Supported Scaffold User Card. In addition you can’t build a scaffold over 40’ without a 32 hour course on erecting/dismantling scaffold. Safety is huge in today’s construction world and for good reason. Would you want to get on a 50’ tall scaffold after someone built it that had little or no training on how to assemble it? No Thanks!
Weather or not you’re a fan get your people trained. It’s for their own safety & piece of mind for you and your team. The link below is a list of approved supported scaffold training providers for NYC.
I am an advocate of Safety on construction sites, no doubt. I heard eventually there will be a class on how to operate a ladder! If you can’t operate a ladder you should probably be baking cookies or sitting behind a desk(respect both jobs) but definitely not roaming a construction site.
I would love to hear from network cabling or construction professionals from across the US to see what the guidelines are in the other states.
- Scaffold Training Even for Network Cabling? (networkcablingworld.com)