Scaffolding safety elearning course for everyone working on or supervising those who work on scaffolding

60 minutes approx

Certificate valid for 3 years


This online Scaffolding Awareness eLearning course is designed to provide delegates with an understanding of how to work safely on scaffolding. 


A 2020 report by the NASC found 1 in every 230 scaffolding workers (74 incidents in total) suffered an injury on scaffolding in 2019.  A ‘significant improvement’ on the previous year, when 1 in 150 workers suffered an injury.  The majority of injuries (21%) were Slips, Trips and Falls.


Employers must ensure employees are competent for the type of work they undertake and receive appropriate training.

This Scaffolding Awareness course educates delegates on the basics of scaffold construction and how to play their part in maintaining a safe working environment. 

OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) scaffolding requirements mandate the safe construction, use, and maintenance of scaffolds to protect workers. Key requirements include:

  1. Proper Scaffold Design: Scaffolds must be designed, constructed, and loaded in accordance with applicable safety standards.

  2. Competent Workers: Only trained and competent personnel should assemble, dismantle, or work on scaffolds.

  3. Stable Foundation: Scaffolds must be erected on a solid, level foundation, and footings should be sound.

  4. Guardrails and Fall Protection: Guardrails, midrails, and personal fall protection systems are required on scaffolds to prevent falls.

  5. Inspection: Regular scaffold inspections, especially before each work shift, are essential to identify and address potential hazards.

  6. Platform Strength: Scaffolds should support at least four times the intended load without sagging or deformation.

  7. Proper Access: Safe means of access to and egress from scaffolds must be provided.

  8. Planking and Decking: Scaffold platforms (planking or decking) should be in good condition, without defects or damage.

  9. Fall Arrest Systems: Personal fall arrest systems, when used, must be properly attached to prevent free falls.

These OSHA requirements aim to minimize scaffold-related accidents and ensure a safe working environment for employees who use scaffolding in various construction and industrial activities.