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The OSHA standards require a scaffold user to have training. One of the requirements of that training is that the user must know “The maximum intended load and the load carrying capacities of the scaffold used” [29 CFR 1926.454(a)(4)].  (In case you are wondering, erectors are suppose to know this...
Have you ever wondered why a scaffold can support loads? Have you ever wondered how an engineer can determine what a scaffold leg can support? Do you wonder who thought up the way to answer those questions? Wonder no more. Thanks to Swiss physicist Leonhard Euler, (typically pronounced “Oiler”), a...