Introduction Suspended access equipment (SAE) refers to equipment, machinery, platforms, or other devices (including all rigging and components) that are suspended by support lines and are used by workers to gain access to the sides or high-angle surfaces of buildings or structures. With the increase in high-rise construction there has been a corresponding increase in the number and variety of applications for this type of equipment. Used correctly, these devices provide an excellent means of doing work. Used incorrectly, there can be a high risk of injury or fatality. This chapter will cover the following: • The main types of SAE used in construction, restoration, and maintenance work, which are suspended work platform systems (SWPS) and boatswain’s (or bosun’s) chairs • The legal requirements for set-up, rigging, and use of these types of SAE • The necessary provisions for fall protection • The need to assess each job carefully in order to select the equipment most suitable for safe, efficient operation.