On overhead permanent stage scaffolding and greenbeds, adhere to the following guidelines:
- Remove excess lumber on scaffolds and greenbeds and make sure the walking surfaces are regularly maintained and kept free of debris.
- Replace or repair broken floorboards immediately if any of the following occur:
a. Lateral cracks or splits exist in the lumber.
b. Holes from previously installed ”green sticks” or chain openings exceed 1” in diameter.
c. Sections of lumber have broken away and are missing. Floor openings are to be covered immediately.
d. Planks are missing or open space between planks exceeds 1” (correction can often be completed by simply compressing the adjacent loose boards together until an opening large enough for a new 8″ wide floor board is created.)
- Hand railings must be a minimum of 42″ and a maximum of 45″ in height, with a mid-rail placed approximately half way between. Vertical posts must be no further than 8 feet apart.
- Remove protruding nails from all catwalks, railings, toeboards and grids.
- Check greenbeds for tripping hazards. Remove or bridge obstructions to reduce or eliminate any potential hazard.
- Saw off or remove any braces and extensions that extend above the grid surface. They are a tripping hazard.
- Make sure lighting is adequate (a minimum of 10 candlepower is recommended along the walking surfaces – stated simply, a person should be able to see walking surfaces well enough to avoid any tripping hazards).
- Make sure all work lights placed along the permanents/grids are secured by a chain or rope capable of support the lights.
- To prevent tripping hazards, make sure all ropes are tied off. NEVER ALLOW ROPES OR BRACES TO CROSS THE CATWALK.
- To prevent tripping hazards, make sure lighting cable placed along the “0-Zone”, part of a grid, or along walking surfaces, is adequately grouped in-line, bundled, and tied off.