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A friend with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) sent this sketch to me. He asked for my opinion concerning the safety of the installation and whether this scaffold complied with the OSHA Standards. What would you answer?   We can analyze this scaffold two ways:   1. Is this...
People do the most amazing things. Take the “scaffold” application illustrated in the two photographs. The photos, contributed by Mr. Steve Schuler of Carl Schuler Masonry Construction Company in Waterloo, Iowa, depicts a scaffold constructed of lumber and mounted to a Ford Pick-up Truck. A cursory...
Exciting times these are for the scaffold industry. Years of meetings are producing results. People are communicating, discussing, listening, and working on making scaffold products safer and safer. And yet, workers are still getting injured and killed while using and working with scaffolds.   What...
Rules, rules, and more rules. Rules are made to be broken. What good are the rules if nobody follows them? Why do I have to follow the rules when my competition doesn’t? The other guy doesn’t follow the rules and he doesn’t get caught; it’s not a level playing field! I’ll follow the rules as soon...
There appears to be a certain amount of confusion concerning the application of the OSHA regulations that address fall protection for scaffold erectors. In fact, from the number of questions and inquiries, I wonder if anybody is understanding what the regulations really require.   The regulations...