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A stimulating and thought provoking discussion addressing safety concerns with scaffolding. 2012 will be an interesting year with the economy, presidential elections, wars, and unemployment weighing heavy on our minds.  In an effort to keep your mind off these depressing subjects, I thought it...
A practical explanation as to the relationship between the OSHA standards, enforcement, compliance and safety in the construction industry. It’s been a long time since I first became involved in the business of scaffolding.  My experience has included a lot of scaffolds, a lot of places and a lot...
How to determine if the scaffolding you have is in good condition or whether it should be scrapped. Is your scaffold any good or has it seen better days?  While it would be nice to always use fresh out of the box (so to speak) scaffolding, the reality is quite different.  Scaffold components are...
An explanation of the effects that the wind has on a scaffold that is wrapped or enclosed with a tarp, shrink wrap, plastic or other cladding. As you well know, the wind blows.  Have you ever considered that instead, perhaps the wind sucks?  As one construction superintendent said to a friend of...
Is it a plank or is it a platform?  Can a plank be a platform or can a platform be a plank?  When it comes to the working surface for a scaffold, these questions are common.  But they shouldn’t be.  It appears the confusion arises because the use of wood planks for scaffold platforms is...