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An argument for re-establishing the Shoring & Forming Council in the Scaffold and Access Industry Association. I recall my first involvement with the Scaffold Industry Association, SIA, in the early 1980’s.  I was impressed by the people who were genuinely involved in making the use of the...
So, what has the association been up to for the last 25years?  Back in the early 1980’s the big issues were insurance, OSHA, CAL-OSHA, liability exposure and membership.  Sounds familiar doesn’t it?  But wait a minute; it isn’t the same issues although the agencies may be the same.  Federal OSHA...
When is a platform a work deck and when is it formwork? This question is frequently asked during the process of erecting shoring equipment. A similar question is whether the equipment is scaffolding or shoring. Often the situation is misdiagnosed and the ensuing conversation concerning the...
Is it scaffold? Or, is it shoring? Is there a difference? Of course there is a difference. Scaffolding is an elevated work platform and its’ supporting structure, used to support workers, materials, or both. Shoring is the assembly of vertical legs, horizontal members, and formwork, that is used to...