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Here is why me friend called.  He wanted to know whether there was any new information regarding the use of plywood with plank on a scaffold.  He had been informed by a certain individual that you cannot do that.  (Presumably that concern was based on an OSHA Letter of Interpretation that declared...
It’s amazing what is said in the belief that it’s true.  We hear it everyday, everywhere.  Unfortunately, statements are made without substantiation or credible data.  But it doesn’t matter for some people. Say it with conviction and nobody will question the validity, particularly if proof is...
An explanation of the intent of the OSHA scaffold inspection standard   According to certain authoritative sources, scaffolds shall be inspected for defects.  You ask yourself, why should it be necessary to inspect a scaffold?  After all, if the scaffold erector is any good, shouldn’t the scaffold...
Is it possible for scaffold erectors to comply with the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards for both fall protection and scaffold erection?  I think not.  Here’s why.   Federal OSHA requires that scaffold erectors use safe personal fall arrest protection, if it is...
Is it possible to make a scaffold idiot proof?  For that matter, is it necessary?  At the recent Scaffold Industry Association (SIA) convention, safety and training were major topics at the various council meetings.  This would suggest that it is not possible to make scaffolds idiot proof, but...