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A stimulating and thought provoking discussion addressing safety concerns with scaffolding. 2012 will be an interesting year with the economy, presidential elections, wars, and unemployment weighing heavy on our minds.  In an effort to keep your mind off these depressing subjects, I thought it...
A practical explanation as to the relationship between the OSHA standards, enforcement, compliance and safety in the construction industry. It’s been a long time since I first became involved in the business of scaffolding.  My experience has included a lot of scaffolds, a lot of places and a lot...
An assessment of the OSHA standards that apply to fall protection for scaffolds and scaffold users and erectors. Have you ever asked yourself how many ways fall protection can be screwed up, particularly on scaffolds?  Well, based on my experience, misapplication and misuse is only limited by the...
An argument for re-establishing the Shoring & Forming Council in the Scaffold and Access Industry Association. I recall my first involvement with the Scaffold Industry Association, SIA, in the early 1980’s.  I was impressed by the people who were genuinely involved in making the use of the...
An April Fools Day sarcasm on scaffold safety, regulations and government control. April is the time for foolish things so I contacted the foremost authority in the field of scaffolding, Dr. Aiy Noitall.  I caught up with the good doctor while he was at O’Hare Airport in Chicago preparing to leave...