Scaffold Training Even for Network Cabling Installation?

by Network Cabling Guy on June 14, 2011

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?”

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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!

Not OSHA Approved

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.

http://home2.nyc.gov/html/dob//downloads/pdf/supported-scaffold_training_providers.pdf

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.

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Network Cabling Guy July 1, 2011 at 4:00 am

Yes I do.

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