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Fall protection is a huge topic these days what with people falling down and falling from heights.  And since scaffolds are, by definition “any temporary elevated platform,” the issue of fall protection is significant, especially since most scaffold fatalities are due to falls from heights.  It...
Is this a tough question?  Is plank a platform or is the platform a plank?  Here is a primer on what constitutes a safe scaffold platform.  Of course, that begs the question as to whether you can have an unsafe platform.  And the answer to that question is pretty easy: yes.  If that is the case,...
Mast Climbing Work Platforms are marvelous pieces of equipment.  And safe too, provided you behave yourself.  Actually it isn’t very difficult to use these platforms—provided you have been trained.  That isn’t unusual.  After all, if you want to use any scaffold or aerial platform you have to be...
Is it an industrial scaffold or a commercial scaffold?  That is the question that I am regularly asked.  And what is the answer?  Simply stated, I doubt there is a difference.  Now, before you industrial erectors get in a tizzy, there is no doubt that there is a difference in the application of the...
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, OSHA, included an interesting section in the scaffold standards when they were issued in 1996.  It is the section called “Use.”  Since it is included in the scaffold standards, I think we can obviously assume it to be the use of scaffolds. Do...