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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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 The construction of the Elm Street Residence and Dining Hall at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado, presented some challenges. The project consisted of three multi-story buildings with two towers connected by one concrete-slab main floor and walkway. Due to its size, the first floor...
You think that a boom lift has little in common with a frame scaffold and you wonder why the US federal Occupational Safety & Health Administration, OSHA, combined the aerial lift standards with the scaffold standards in the same subpart. You think it should be obvious that a stationary scaffold...
It is true that a scaffold without a platform cannot be a scaffold since a scaffold is defined as a “temporary elevated platform and its supporting structure.” It can, therefore, be assumed that a platform is rather important. But it isn’t the OSHA standards, or any other regulations and guidelines...
A suspended scaffold is a marvelous tool for workers to utilize to gain access to work locations that would be difficult if not impossible to otherwise reach. Unfortunately, the general perception is that suspended scaffolds, particularly two point suspended scaffolds such as window washers two...
Once again, scaffolding has shown its ability to frequently receive OSHA citations!  In fact, it shows up in the number three spot on the famous “OSHA’s 2014 TOP TEN Most Frequently Cited Violations” list.  (See Figure 1) According to OSHA, there were 4,543 scaffold violations: that’s about 17...