working load being placed on it. Attach a set of block and tackle to an eye which is located at the lower
end of a cornice hook.
(2) Stirrup. A stirrup is a metal unit that supports the scaffold's platform. Two stirrups are
required for the scaffold. Attach a set of block and tackle to a ring located at the top of each stirrup.
Use rollers to prevent the scaffold from hitting the wall.
(3) Guardrail. A guardrail is constructed of 2- by 4-inch material, and it helps to protect you
from falling from the scaffold platform.
(4) Platform. A scaffold platform is the working space on which you move about as you
work. It is from 20 to 24 inches wide and no greater than 26 feet long. A platform is made of well-
seasoned, 2-inch lumber that is straight-grained, and free of knots or other defects.
(5) Toeboards. Use toeboards to prevent material from slipping or accidentally being
knocked off the scaffold. Toeboards run the full length of the scaffold, are constructed of 2- by 4-inch
material, and are located at the front and back of the scaffold.
(6) Block and tackle. To raise and lower the unit a special type of block and tackle is used
on each end of the swing-stage scaffold. A hoisting machine may be substituted for the block and
(7) Safety. Observe the following salty rules when using swing-stage scaffold:
Test the scaffold before using it by hoisting it 1 foot off the ground, then load it with
four times the working load.
Prevent the scaffold from swinging outward after hoisting by lashing it to a building
or a structural wall as soon as possible.
Ensure that no more than two painters work on the scaffold at one time. Each painter
should wear a safety belt that is attached to an individual lifeline. Fasten the safety-
belt line above and free from the scaffold.
Use steel cable whenever possible when using acid solutions with hoisting equipment.
Immediately replace all fiber ropes exposed to acids or acid solutions.
Lower the scaffold to the ground when it is not in use.
Keep weights on the outside of a platform when raising the scaffold until it is secured
to the building.
Do not touch the wall next to the scaffold until the scaffold is secured to the building.
A light push against the wall may swing the scaffold out in such a way that you may
lose your balance and fall.
Check the hoisting machine's operation before each use.