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Sharing responsibility between the employer and the scaffold user for the safety of the user End use is defined as “the ultimate use for which something is intended or to which it is put.” In the context of scaffolding, it can be said that an end user is someone who employs scaffolding for some...
Are scaffolds safe? That’s a reasonable question if the OSHA “Top Ten List” that ranks the ten most cited standards is considered. Scaffolds consistently rank on the OSHA top ten list for citations year after year. This high level of citation issuance would certainly imply that scaffolds are...
While Suspended Scaffolds (scaffold platforms supported by non-rigid means such as ropes or chains) have been used for many years, there is still confusion about what a safe suspended scaffold is. Here are a few questions that are asked about these scaffolds. Do suspended scaffolds have to be...
Properly Identifying Scaffold Types and Foundations Is your scaffold supported? I sure hope so since an unsupported scaffold isn’t much of a scaffold. Can a scaffold be supported but yet not supported? Yes it can but that’s a dumb question. Obviously all scaffolds require support, some from the...
An Introduction to Panel Points and Why They are Important After reviewing many user manuals for scaffold, it is clear that scaffold manufacturers understand the strong and weak locations of each of their respective systems.  However, I have not seen any scaffold user or technical manual attempt to...