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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...
The following is a clarification of OSHA Standard 29 CFR 1926.451(c)(2)(i) which requires that: “Footings shall be level, sound, rigid, and capable of supporting the loaded scaffold without settling or displacement.” This standard addresses the hazard of a foundation that is insufficient to support...
Experience indicates that certain scaffold safety issues remain unresolved in the minds of those responsible for safety.  More specifically, it appears that fall protection requirements and access requirements are not understood.  So, let’s see if we can sort out the issues. Fall protection for...
Once upon a time, long, long ago, there was a federal agency that developed a set of regulations governing scaffold access.  These regulations were thought to be perfect, or about as perfect as regulations could be.  The scaffold industry was invited to comment on these regulations.  In fact, the...