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SAFETY IS MY GOAL Have you ever noticed the bumper sticker on the pick up truck that roars by you at 20 miles over the limit?  It says “Safety is my Goal.”  Does that make sense to you?  Kicking the football between the goal posts is a goal.  Leaving a jobsite without injury is a goal.  But watch...
Do you think you are really protected from falling objects when passing by a construction site?  Sure, you stand under a scaffold platform that’s fully decked and assume nothing will harm you.  But how do you know that platform is strong enough to protect you from falling objects? Falling object...
This month’s topic is suspended scaffolds.  As I started writing this article I thought about what I have written in the past.  Sure enough, several years ago I wrote about suspended scaffold safety.  As I reviewed the article, I realized that not much seems to have changed; we still have...
In the past I have written about the effect of wind on supported scaffolds.  Well, again it’s that time of year when cold weather scaffold users start wrapping scaffolds in enclosures for weather protection and warmth.  Since wrapping a scaffold in an enclosure seriously changes the forces that are...
I recall being on a jobsite some years ago where I saw an incredible cantilever beam rigging system for suspended scaffolding.  Okay, it was a lot of years ago.  But anyway, it was a 4×4 wood timber about 12 feet long stuck out over the edge of the roof about a foot or so.  On the cantilevered end...