We just completed a competent person training class here at Southwest Scaffolding. OSHA requires that a competent person be on site at all times when you are working on scaffolding. The best practice is to have a competent person training class for your employees and have cards issued to the employees who complete this class. One of these trained employees then needs to be onsite at all times while you are working on the scaffolding. When OSHA shows up to your job site, one of the first things they are going to ask is who your competent person is. Now you will not only have someone designated, but they will also be able to prove it to OSHA with a card.
The scaffolding should have a tag (green card) on the bottom of it. The competent person checks the scaffolding once it is constructed, and depending on GC requirements, once a day or every time the scaffolding is accessed, such as after lunch or any work break. OSHA requires once a day. The competent person signs and dates the card every time the scaffolding is inspected. When the crews come off the scaffolding, the green card comes out of the holder. The empty holder will a warning sign not to access the scaffolding. When the crews come back and the scaffolding is checked, then the card goes back in. This is an OSHA requirement and when they come out to your job site, they will be looking for this.