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CAN YOU ANSWER THIS? It is somewhat surprising how creative workers can get when it involves scaffolding.  Just when it seems all the questions have been answered, along comes a question that raises an issue that was never addressed.  Challenge yourself to these questions and see if your answer...
Tarps and other enclosure materials, such as plastic sheeting, are typical materials used to create a desirable work atmosphere.  Many scaffolds are enclosed in screening and debris netting—I recall one resort project in Aruba where the scaffold was wrapped in a mesh to ensure, so I was told, that...
A description of the proper use of a knee-out. There are two issues that need to be addressed when considering the use of a knee-out in your scaffold.  The first issue involves the stability of the scaffold while the second issue involves leg loading.  Stability can be a real problem if the base...
Is there such a thing?  A friend asked me about it the other day; he wondered if I had ever written about a “perfect scaffold.”  Well, I don’t ever recall specifically writing about a perfect scaffold.  I know I have written about safety aspects of scaffolds.  I have written about the components...
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...