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This group awarded me the D. Victor Saleeby Award at this year’s convention; I am very grateful for the recognition this award represents and truly regret that I was not able to accept it in person.  I respectfully submit, however, that there are other members of this association who deserve the...
However, recent accidents would indicate that something isn’t quite right.  Maybe the rules aren’t being followed.  Maybe somebody doesn’t know what he/she is doing.  Maybe it’s just plain old bad luck.  I’ll agree with the first two possibilities but most certainly not the third.  Scaffold...
A very good friend of mine asked me why we always talk about safety from the top down but never from the bottom up.   In other words, why is the focus on management and not the worker?  He suggested that I look into the matter and perhaps offer an explanation or better yet, explain why it is...
A review of the standards proves that using a suspended scaffold, such as a two point suspension scaffold typically used for high rise building maintenance and repairs, isn’t any more dangerous than walking down the street that is below it.  In fact, I surmise that a perusal of statistics will show...
It is not a healthy or a safe thing when scaffolds fall over.  Consequently, and not surprisingly, there are codes and standards that address scaffold stability and the minimum expectations regarding scaffold stability.  Both OSHA and ANSI, the American National Standards Institute, have minimum...