Mobile Rolling Scaffolds Are Not for Transporting Workers
Two workers were injured when the mobile rolling scaffolding they were riding on fell over. A worker on the ground was
pushing the scaffolding, when it ran over an electrical cord and overturned, ejecting the two workers riding on top.
Required Safe Practices
- An employer and any person who uses a mobile rolling scaffold must ensure
that the scaffold is not used until inspected before each day’s use. A competent
person, as well as by all workers using the scaffold, must complete the
- All mobile rolling scaffolding must be equipped with diagonal and horizontal
cross-bracing on each level, a solid platform covering the entire area from where
work is performed, lockable wheels and guardrails (regardless of the height).
- Never move a mobile rolling scaffold while there are workers or unsecured tools,
materials or equipment on it.
- Maintain good housekeeping and ensure that the ground is free of debris or
other hazards before moving the scaffolding. Ensure that lines for portable hand
tools do not run across work areas.
- Ensure that the scaffold is adequately designed and constructed to support at
least four times the load that may be put on it. It must be erected plumb and
level and be adequately secured if more than four times higher than the width of
- When a mobile rolling scaffold has pneumatic tires, before the scaffold is used,
an employer and any person who uses the scaffold must ensure that the wheels
are blocked separately in a way that raises the wheels off the ground or floor.