I often hear contractors complain
that they can't afford to build scaffolding
that meets Occupational
Safety and Health Administration
(OSHA) safety requirements. But
improperly erected scaffolding can cost
you an arm and a leg — literally. As a
scaffolding consultant, I design and
supervise the erection of scaffolding
systems that meet OSHA regulations.
In this article, I'll cover a number of
scaffolding systems and some of the
regulations for each.
Sometimes referred to as "pipe scaffold"
(OSHA refers to it as "tubular
welded-frame scaffold"), these steel
frames are easily connected into complex
scaffolding arrangements. When
assembling a frame scaffold system, it's
important to establish a level base and
use proper bracing and planking.
A Level Playing Field
A firm and level