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David H. Glabe, P.E.

See what David H. Glabe has to say about construction engineering and the scaffolding industry.

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When it comes to safety, as the saying goes, you can never have too much.  Nice saying, but not very realistic, is it?  If guardrails are good, then a safety net and personal fall arrest equipment are even better, some may say.  Fortunately, reasonable people think reasonably and do the reasonable...
A safety factor is like an insurance policy – you hope you never use it.  Basically, a safety factor applies to the strength of a product; that is, the strength of a product is more than what is absolutely necessary for the product to work.  Safety factors are expressed in terms of a ratio.  For...
Here are answers to frequently asked (and some not so frequently asked) questions regarding scaffolding and related subjects: Q: Do scaffold users have to have scaffold training. A: Of course they do—why wouldn’t they? They need to be trained in fall protection, access, falling object protection,...
Recently there has been a rash of supported scaffold collapses. That’s not good for either the scaffold user or the industry’s reputation. What possibly could be going on? Is it an act of terrorism? Is it due to the fickle finger of fate? Or perhaps, is it just one of those things that cannot be...
Comes now the sheriff announcing increased fines for misbehaving! And this isn’t a time out or sit in the corner. This is money—real money for misbehaving. The United States federal Occupational Safety & Health Administration, OSHA, has raised the fines for violations of it’s standards for the...