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A clarification of the role that wood scaffold plank in the construction of a scaffold platform. When I tell someone that I work in the construction industry and I design scaffolding, the response is interesting.  If its fellow engineers, they think I’m nuts for working in such a dangerous field. ...
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...
Technology’s effect on the future of regulations and training. When it was suggested that I write about technology trends I thought it would be a no-brainer, what with me being an engineer.  The word technology suggests science, engineering and the industrial arts, which is how Mr. Webster defines...