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Platform requirements can be put into two groups, construction and strength.  That’s it.  There are no secrets here.  Perhaps the confusion originates with the fact that all the standards, U.S., Canadian, and state, zero in on the use of wood planks, such as 2×10 solid wood planks (in spite of the...
A friend of mine, when he first got involved in the aerial lift rental business, wondered why the aerial lift manufacturers used cheap paint on the guardrail systems.  Every time he rented a scissor lift, the paint was worn off the top of the rails when the unit was returned.  It didn’t take too...
While scaffolds come in all shapes, sizes, and function, they can be categorized as supported, suspended or aerial lifts.  The American National standards Institute, ANSI, has defined an aerial platform as “a mobile device that has an adjustable position platform, supported from ground level by a...
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...
Planks are a vital component in scaffolds, as even the casual observer will notice.  Yet it appears that too many workers take this vital component a little too casually.  Planks and platforms consistently rank in the top 10 list of most frequently cited violations of standards.  So what’s the big...