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Safety Rules
and Instructions
Pro-Jax
®
UTILITY SCAFFOLD
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Load Capacities & Stacking Information.................................................................3
Assembly Instructions:
Building a One Frame High Scaffold...........................................................4-5
Building a Two Frame High Scaffold..............................................................6
Building a Three Frame High Scaffold............................................................7
Dismantling Notes.....................................................................................................8
Maintenance Procedures.....................................................................................9-10
Scaffolding Safety Rules...................................................................................11-12
WARNING
Improper erection, dismantling or use of Pro-Jax utility scaffold
may result in serious injury or death!! Erectors, dismantlers and
users of Pro-Jax utility scaffold must read and fully understand
these Safety Rules and Instructions as well as all federal OSHA,
state, and local regulations pertaining to this equipment prior
to its use. For any questions concerning the proper erection,
dismantling, or use of Pro-Jax utility scaffold, please call
1-800-537-0540 before use.
125 Taylor Parkway
Archbold, OH 43502-9309
Phone: (419) 445-8915
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LOAD CAPACITIES
6’ Length Unit - 1000 lbs. (distributed load)
8’ Length Unit - 500 lbs. (distributed load)
10’ Length Unit - 500 lbs. (distributed load)
STACKING INFORMATION - QUICK REFERENCE TABLE
Number
of Frames
High
Maximum
Platform
Height
Maximum
Work
Height
Guard Rail
Required
Outriggers
Required
1
2
3
6’
11’ 6”
17’
12’ 6”
18’
23’ 6”
*
Yes
Yes
No
Yes-Narrow
Yes - Wide
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
1
2
3
6’
11’ 6”
17’
12’ 6”
18’
23’ 6”
*
Yes
Yes
No
Yes-Narrow
Yes - Wide
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
1
2
3
6’
11’ 6”
17’
12’ 6”
18’
23’ 6”
*
Yes
Yes
No
Yes-Narrow
Yes - Wide
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
6’ Long
Pro-Jax
Utility Scaffold 8’ Long
Pro-Jax
Utility Scaffold 10’ Long
Pro-Jax
Utility Scaffold Meets 3:1
Height to
Base Req.
Meets 4:1
Height to
Base Req.
* When platform height exceeds 4 ft., guard railing is recommended, but is not required. However, OSHA
requires guard rails for all platforms 10 ft. or higher.
Pre-planning and study are essential for the proper and safe use of any scaffold equipment. You must
first determine whether or not Pro-Jax utility scaffold is the best equipment for your particular job. You
should discuss the following questions as well as any other questions you may have with your scaffold
dealer or other qualified person:
• What job am I trying to complete?
• How high will I need to go?
• How large of a work platform will I need?
• Is the surface I am working on level?
• Are there any obstructions I will need to work around?
• Will the surface I am working on support the scaffold and its load?
• Will I need to move the scaffold from place to place on the jobsite?
• Are there power lines nearby?
• Are there any unique or special requirements for this job?
• Am I going high enough that I will need outriggers?
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ASSEMBLY INSTRUCTIONS
BUILDING A ONE FRAME HIGH SCAFFOLD
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For proper assembly, your basic Pro-Jax Utility Scaffold
must be comprised of 13 individual parts (plus guard
rail panels when required).
Letter
A
B
C
D
E
Part
B
Qty.
End Frame
Side Brace
Platform
5” Caster
2” Snap Pin
2
2
1
4
4
A
A
B
E
— Attach side brace B to two end frames A by
following this sequence:
STEP ONE
D
®
‑ Pull Saf-T-Lok pin at each end of side brace to the
disengaged position. (see decal)
‑ While holding lock pin in disengaged position, place UChannel on each end of side brace B around leg of end
frame A at desired platform height.
WARNING
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FAILURE TO FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS MAY RESULT IN
PLATFORM COLLAPSE CAUSING SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH.
1. Check to be sure brace locking pin is fully
engaged into frame leg.
2. Push in and rotate Saf-T-LokTM counter
clockwise until U-shaped end clears the
brace locking pin support bracket as
shown (LOCKED).
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3. To release, push in and rotate Saf-T-LokTM
clockwise until U-shaped end unseats from
around the brace locking pin support
bracket as shown (UNLOCKED).
© Bil-Jax, Inc. 2004
0202-0506
‑ Release lock pin and be sure that pin fully engages into
hole in end frame leg.
®
- Push in and rotate Saf-T-Lok counter clockwise until Ushaped end clears the brace locking pin support bracket
as shown (LOCKED).
®
- To release, push in and rotate Saf-T-Lok clockwise until
U-shaped end unseats from around the brace locking pin
support bracket as shown (UNLOCKED).
STEP TWO
sequence.
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WARNING
FAILURE TO FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS MAY RESULT IN
PLATFORM COLLAPSE CAUSING SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH.
1. Check to be sure brace locking pin is fully
engaged into frame leg.
2. Push in and rotate Saf-T-LokTM counter
clockwise until U-shaped end clears the
brace locking pin support bracket as
shown (LOCKED).
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Work position
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Do not use in this position
CTO
Patents Pending
3. To release, push in and rotate Saf-T-LokTM
clockwise until U-shaped end unseats from
around the brace locking pin support
bracket as shown (UNLOCKED).
© Bil-Jax, Inc. 2004
0202-0506
— Attach second side brace B to both end frames A following the same Step One
WARNING
• Both side braces must be positioned at the same height on the frames so that platform is
level.
®
• Be sure all 4 Saf-T-Lok pins are fully engaged in holes of end frames.
• Be sure all 4 Saf-T-Loks are in the locked position.
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— Install platform C on side
braces B so that platform is fully seated within
inner channel on top of side braces.
— Rotate the platform clips
into the engaged position.
STEP THREE
STEP FOUR
PLATFORM
ENGAGED
CHANNEL
DISENGAGED
SIDE BRACE
STEP FIVE
PUSH
— Install 4 casters D into legs of end frames A and pin with snap pins E.
on each caster.
STEP SIX
Set brake
— (When recommended or required)
When platform height exceeds 4 ft., guard
railing is recommended, but is not required. However, OSHA requires guard rails for all platforms
10 ft. or higher. Install each guard rail panel (2 required) into sockets in side braces B and secure
with lock pin. Be sure that guard rail gate swings inward over the platform.
GUARD RAIL LEG
GUARD RAIL PANEL
Panel Guard - 1 unit shown
(2 required per work level)
GUARD RAIL SOCKET
IN SIDE BRACE
Unique design allows the guard railing to stay at the platform level at all times.
Guard railing does not fit on the frame but in the sockets on the platform brace.
WARNING
Guard rail must be installed so that gate swings inward over platform. Failure to install guard
rail properly may result in serious injury or death!
WARNING
®
• Recheck all side brace lock pins for full engagement and that the Saf-T-Lok is in the locked
position before accessing platform.
• Recheck platform to be sure it is properly seated within side brace channel and the platform
clips are fully engaged before accessing.
• When accessing platform, climb over top of end frame ladder — do not swing around side
of end frame. Swinging around side of end frame will cause scaffold to tip over resulting
in serious injury or death.
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STACKING PRO-JAX UNITS FOR ADDITIONAL HEIGHT
According to OSHA, all scaffolds must be restrained from tipping. This can be accomplished in one
of three ways:
1. For free standing scaffolds, the maximum platform height must not exceed 3 times* the narrowest
base dimension.
2. Guying the scaffold.
3. Tying the scaffold to a wall or other solid structure.
*Federal OSHA allows a maximum platform height of 4 times the narrowest base dimension. However, Bil-Jax recommends
that the maximum height be limited to 3 times the narrowest base dimension on all Pro-Jax utility scaffolds.
When additional platform height is required on a free standing scaffold, outriggers may be used to
extend the base dimensions. Bil-Jax has different size outriggers available for use with Pro-Jax
units. 18” wide outriggers are for use with two-frame high scaffolds and 24” wide outriggers are for
use with three-frame high scaffolds.
WARNING
Whenever Pro-Jax units are stacked, outriggers are required! Do not use a
Pro-Jax utility scaffold over 1 frame high without outriggers. Failure to use
outriggers will make scaffold more likely to tip over causing serious injury
or death!!
BUILDING A TWO FRAME HIGH SCAFFOLD
If the platform height needed is between 6’ and 11’ 6”, it will be necessary to install 18” wide
outriggers and a second scaffold level prior to use.
STEP ONE
— Erect the base
unit (one frame high scaffold) by
following the previous instruction.
STEP THREE
STEP TWO
— Install casters into all
four (4) outriggers and secure with snap pin
provided with each caster. Set caster brake.
— Clamp outrigger to end frame at a 90°
angle to the side brace.
Tighten clamp securely. Clamp must be flush against scaffold leg and casters must be
in contact with the surface.
Top View
Outrigger
STEP FOUR
Frame
— Add
second scaffold level by
stacking end frame over
insert pins in top of base
unit end frames. Secure
in place with snap pins.
Tighten
Securely
Side View
Frame
Leg
Outrigger
— Install
side braces (minimum two),
platform, and guard railing at
desired height per the previous
instructions (Building a One
Frame High Scaffold).
STEP FIVE
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BUILDING A THREE FRAME HIGH SCAFFOLD
If the platform height needed is over 11’ 6”, it will be necessary to install 24” wide
outriggers prior to stacking additional scaffold levels to the base unit.
STEP ONE
— Erect the base
unit (one frame high scaffold) by
following the previous instructions.
STEP THREE
STEP TWO
— Install casters into all four
(4) wide outriggers and secure with snap pin
provided with each caster. Set caster brake.
— Clamp outriggers to end frame with two piece clamp.
Tighten clamp securely.
Clamp must be flush against scaffold leg and casters must be in contact with the surface.
Top View
Outrigger
Tighten
Securely
Frame
STEP FOUR
Side View
Outrigger
Frame Leg
— Add additional scaffold end frames, side braces, platforms, and guard
railing (at each work level) per the previous instructions (Building a One Frame High Scaffold
and Building a Two Frame High Scaffold). Side braces should be evenly spaced in pairs
throughout the scaffold tower.
WARNING
There must be a minimum of two side braces
installed in each scaffold level and evenly spaced
throughout the scaffold. Lack of adequate
bracing could cause scaffold to collapse with
serious injury or death to the user.
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ADDITIONAL COMPONENT AVAILABLE
INSTALLATION OF WIDE BASE EXTENSION
— Install by
inserting base frame into vertical channels of wide base extension. Pin into
place with snap pins.
71”
WIDE BASE EXTENSION
DISMANTLING NOTES
AS ADAPTED FROM THE
SCAFFOLDING, SHORING & FORMING INSTITUTE (SSFI)
The work of dismantling scaffolding should be under the supervision of an individual with proper
experience and aptitude (competent person). The following should be observed while dismantling.
1. It shall be the responsibility of employees to read and comply with the following common sense
guidelines which are designed to promote safety in the dismantling of scaffolding. These guidelines
do not purport to be all inclusive nor supplant or replace other additional safety and precautionary
measures that may be necessary to cover usual or unusual conditions.
2. Check to see if scaffold has been structurally altered in any way which would make it unsafe; and,
if so, reconstruct where necessary before commencing with the dismantling procedures.
3. Dismantle scaffold from the top down. Begin by removing all accessories from that section being
dismantled at the time.
4. On stacked scaffolds do not remove ties and braces until dismantling has reached the section to
which they are attached.
5. Always work within the inside of the scaffolding.
6. When moving up or down the scaffold do not climb on ties, braces or unbraced components.
Climb over the top of the end frame. Do not swing around outside of the end frame.
7. Be sure that area below is clear of personnel not involved in the dismantling and is secured against
unauthorized access.
8. Lower scaffold components in a safe manner as they are dismantled. Avoid dropping or throwing
the components as this could result in injury to personnel below, or damage to the equipment.
9. Use energy absorbing lanyards and full body harness when feasible.
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MAINTENANCE PROCEDURES
For Pro-Jax® Utility Scaffold Components
The following recommendations for maintenance are generalized and not intended to cover every specific situation
or component. Safe Practices and common sense should be followed at all times. In case of doubt as to the
best maintenance procedures to follow, please contact your bil-jax scaffold supplier.
IMPORTANT
1. SCAFFOLDING EQUIPMENT SHOULD NOT BE ALTERED OR MODIFIED FROM ITS ORIGINAL
CONFIGURATION WITHOUT CONSULTATION WITH THE MANUFACTURER. EQUIPMENT WHICH
IS DAMAGED OR BECOMES DAMAGED DURING USE, HANDLING, OR SHIPPING SHOULD BE
SET ASIDE AND NOT USED.
2. PERTINENT OSHA REGULATION CFR 1926.451(a) (8) states: “Any scaffold including accessories
such as arm braces, screw legs, ladders, brackets, etc. damaged or weakened from any cause shall
be immediately repaired or replaced.”
3. ANY SCAFFOLDING WILL BE HANDLED BY NUMEROUS PARTIES after it leaves the manufacturer/
supplier. The ultimate responsibility of avoiding the use of damaged equipment rests with the
final user who has custody of it. Avoidance of hardship or inconvenience never justifies the use of
damaged scaffolding equipment, which may result in severe injuries to personnel using such scaffolds.
4. Always read and follow Scaffolding Safety Rules accompanying these instructions or separately
available at your request.
VISUAL INSPECTION
EQUIPMENT WITH THE FOLLOWING OR OTHER TYPES OF DAMAGE, SHOULD NOT BE USED UNTIL
PROPERLY REPAIRED, OR REPLACED. CHECK ALL COMPONENTS FOR:
A. Straightness of members.
protection, support braces, or damaged
plywood.
B. Welds that appear excessively rusty.
C. Broken welds or cracks at or adjacent to a
weld - sometimes discernible as a thin rust
line.
H. Casters with missing or damaged braking
mechanism, damaged or loose wheels,
axles, or stems.
D. Cracks around part or all the circumference
of tube members, not necessarily at a weld
site. Rust line may be a visual “telltale.”
I. EXCESSIVE RUST - (also see para. (B)
under “Other Considerations”). The strength
of excessively rusted components is not
known.
E. Tubular members that are crushed, flattened
or kinked. End frame, arm braces, and other
members having this kind of damage may
no longer be able to support their intended
design loads.
F. Arm braces with broken or cracked welds,
distorted shape or with broken or deformed
U-channel. Arm braces with damaged
or inoperable lock mechanisms including
broken spring. Arm braces immediately
support platforms and personnel and must
always be checked very carefully. If in
doubt, do not use.
J. End frames or other components with
broken welds, missing parts, or which are
bent, bowed, or out of alignment. Replace
missing parts before use (see note (G)
following).
K. Paint surfaces which are cracked and/or
show areas where the paint has “crazed”;
such signs may indicate prior damage and
subsequent straightening. Such damage
may also have overstressed the metal and
weakened it.
G. Platforms with bent, missing or broken edge
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(Continued on next page)
MAINTENANCE PROCEDURES (CONTINUED)
REMEDIES AND REPAIRS
A. Bent or distorted members may be cold
straightened only - NEVER USE HEAT
TO STRAIGHTEN SCAFFOLDING
COMPONENTS. After straightening, inspect
the metal for developed cracks; if it still
shows kinks or depressions, it has been
weakened at that point and should not be
used until repaired, if repairs are possible.
B. Broken welds at tubular or other joints may
be repaired. The entire weld around the joint
must be repaired - not merely the broken
portion.
C. Splits along original seams of tubes may be
rewelded if they do not extend more than 11/2” along their seams.
D. Cracks around part or all the circumference
of a tube may never be repaired by welding.
Do not use components with this type of
damage.
E. After rewelding, smooth the weld, remove the
scale, clean the surrounding heat-affected
zone, and repaint the whole area. Rewelded
areas will usually rust more quickly than
the surrounding painted areas. Worn or old
paint still provides some protection.
F. When replacing broken weldments, lock
pins, springs, and other missing parts,
always use the proper parts obtained
from the original manufacturer/supplier or
authorized agent. Substitution of other parts
or makeshift devices may impair the fit with
other components and may create userhazards.
G. End frames and other major components
that are more than 2” out of line
are generally beyond straightening.
Components which are difficult or impossible
to connect together may be slightly bent,
bowed, or racked out of line, and should
be straightened before reusing. NEVER
FORCE COMPONENTS TO MAKE THEM
FIT!
NOTE: ALL WELDING MUST BE DONE BY CERTIFIED WELDERS ONLY!
OTHER CONSIDERATIONS
A. RUST. Some rusting of steel components
is normal over a period of time, especially in
areas where paint has been scraped off due
to normal use and handling.
B. EXCESSIVE RUST - evidenced by pitting,
flaking or powdering to the touch indicated
that some of the parent metal has been
eaten away. Such components are of
uncertain strength and should not be used.
C. Certain types of atmospheric contamination,
such as from salt water, power plants,
paper pulp mills, petrochemical and copper
or similar processing plants may severely
corrode steel after relatively short exposures.
Such corrosion may appear to be rust but
is often of a brighter or different color than
normal. Equipment of an unusual color,
all over or in parts, must be checked for
chemical corrosion or contamination. It is
dangerous to continue to use such corroded
components.
D. Equipment exposed to fire or undue heat
may exhibit a gray, or smoke-blackened
appearance combined with possible
blistering paint. Such heat generally affects
the strength of the material and makes it
dangerous to continue its use.
E. Heat or corrosion-damaged equipment is
of uncertain strength, which may only be
determinable by destructive testing of all
equipment suspected of being so damaged.
EQUIPMENT SUBJECT TO DESTRUCTIVE
TESTS CANNOT BE RETURNED TO
SERVICE.
F. The performance of all equipment is
improved by regular maintenance, such as
removal of plaster and other construction
materials, lubrication as appropriate and
painting periodically. If repainted, dipping or
spraying by a method which assures that the
paint gets to the inside of tubular members
is recommended. Always thoroughly
inspect for cracks and other damage before
repainting.
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SCAFFOLDING SAFETY RULES
SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH MAY RESULT FROM IMPROPER ERECTION OR USE of scaffolding equipment.
Erectors and users must be familiar with and follow safe practice and the Safety Rules contained herein. These
Safety Rules cover generalized situations only and do not purport to be all-inclusive, nor to supplant or replace other
additional safety and precautionary measures that may be necessary to cover the many usual or unusual specific
conditions encountered during installation, use and removal. The Rules are not intended to conflict with, or supersede
the requirements of OSHA or any other governmental regulations, codes and ordinances; the user must refer to and
comply with all such specific provisions of law.
A. FOLLOW SAFE PRACTICE, THE SAFETY
RULES AND COMPLY WITH OSHA and
all other federal, state and local regulations,
codes and ordinances pertaining to
scaffolding during any use of the equipment.
B. THE POTENTIALLY HAZARDOUS
NATURE OF SCAFFOLDING ERECTION
WORK makes it important that all personnel
assigned to this work be instructed in
these Safety Rules, safe practices and
procedures and be under the supervision of
an experienced and knowledgeable person.
Assure that these Safety Rules are posted
conspicuously and that all persons erecting
and using the scaffold are aware of and
follow them.
1. ALWAYS SUPPORT SCAFFOLDS FROM
A SOUND, STABLE SURFACE and assure
that it is adequate to support the intended
scaffold loads. Never support scaffolds on
unstable, loose objects which could tip, break
or become dislodged.
2. LIFT AND LOWER COMPONENTS
CAREFULLY AND SAFELY; use tag
lines when appropriate to the handling
method. Never allow excessive quantities
of components to be stockpiled on partially
complete scaffolds. Stock only sufficient
components consistent with the progress of
the work. Lower dismantled components as
soon as possible. Never drop components
deliberately.
C. REPORT ANY UNSAFE CONDITIONS
TO SUPERVISORS. Do not work or allow
persons to work on scaffolds when sick or
suffering from dizziness, unsteadiness or
other physical symptoms which could affect
their ability to work safely.
3. THE TYING OF THE SCAFFOLD TO THE
STRUCTURE IS OF GREAT IMPORTANCE
TO the stability and safety of the scaffold.
Assure that the structure to which the scaffold
is tied or anchored is capable of safely
supporting all loads imposed by the scaffold.
D. INSPECT ALL EQUIPMENT BEFORE
USING. Never use any equipment which is
damaged, defective or deteriorated in any
way.
4. FREE STANDING SCAFFOLDS other than
wall scaffolds must be restrained from tipping
by guying or other means or otherwise
stabilized as appropriate, recognizing that
stability is essential to the safety of the
scaffold.
E. INSPECT ERECTED SCAFFOLD
FREQUENTLY and be sure that they are
maintained in safe condition, that scaffold
connections have not become loosened and
that components have not been improperly
released or removed.
5. INSTALL GUARDRAILS, MID-RAILS,
AND TOEBOARDS at all openings, open
sides and ends of every work platform when
recommended or required.
F. MAINTAIN ALL EQUIPMENT IN GOOD
REPAIR. Never use corroded or excessively
rusted equipment; the strength of such
equipment is not known.
6. NEVER USE LADDERS OR MAKESHIFT
DEVICES on tops of scaffold to increase the
height. Never place plank on or stand on
guardrails and mid-rails.
G. CONSULT YOUR SCAFFOLDING
SUPPLIER WHEN IN DOUBT. NEVER
TAKE CHANCES.
7. POWER LINES NEAR SCAFFOLDS ARE
DANGEROUS. Use extreme caution and
consult the power service company to have
the lines de-energized, insulated or otherwise
rendered safe. Never allow any installation
or use of scaffolds until this is done.
H. ALWAYS READ THESE SAFETY RULES
in conjunction with the safety packet
accompanying them or separately available
from bil-jax scaffold upon request.
REFER TO AND COMPLY WITH ALLOWABLE LOAD DATA SHOWN ON PAGE 3.
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8. WHEN ANY CANTILEVERS ARE USED, such
as brackets, etc., proper care and precautions
must be taken to prevent tipping of the scaffold.
9. FOR ROLLING SCAFFOLDS FOLLOW
THESE ADDITIONAL SAFETY RULES:
a. Never ride rolling scaffolds.
b. Remove all materials and equipment from
the scaffold before moving.
c. Lock caster brakes at all times the scaffold is
not being moved.
d. Do not attempt to move rolling scaffolds
without sufficient help and roll on level
surfaces only. Watch out for holes or floor
obstructions and for overhead obstructions,
including power lines, energized craneways,
and other hazards.
f. Apply pulling or pushing forces at the bottom
end frames and as close to the scaffold base
as possible. Never attempt to move scaffold
from on top.
g. If rolling scaffolds are used outdoors, care
must be taken to assure that they cannot
become unstable due to wind or other
conditions.
10.DO NOT OVERLOAD SCAFFOLDS. Refer to
and do not exceed the scaffold load data shown
on page 3. For further information relative to
specific scaffold installations that do not fall
within this data, consult your bil-jax supplier.
11.BECAUSE OF DIFFERENCES IN DESIGN
AND FIT, do not intermingle scaffold
components of different manufacture.
e. The maximum platform height of a rolling
scaffold must not exceed four (4) times the
narrowest dimension. Check local State/
OSHA Regulations for other height/base
limitations such as 3:1 in CA,OH, OR, MT
and ME. Comply with these regulations by
appropriately widening and/or lengthening
the scaffold at the lower levels so that the
above proportions are not exceeded. If
the base dimensions cannot be increased,
extreme care must be taken to secure the
scaffold from tipping; it must be guyed, or
tied to a solid structure and maintained in
a stabilized condition at all times so that it
cannot tip over while supporting persons,
while being moved or while being erected or
dismantled.
REFER TO AND COMPLY WITH ALLOWABLE LOAD DATA SHOWN ON PAGE 3.
125 Taylor Parkway • Archbold, OH 43502-9309
Phone: (419) 445-8915
© Bil-Jax, Inc. 2006
Printed in the USA
Print Date 10-2006
Part# LL-204-75
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