As a masonry contractor, I set up and use fabricated frame scaffolding every day. It's an integral part of my business. Frame scaffolding — also called "pipe" or "tubular" scaffold because it's made from welded steel tubing — provides an easily erected elevated work platform with enough area to move freely and sufficient protection to prevent missteps.

But it's safe only if properly erected and not abused. OSHA tracks scaffold-related fatalities, 23 percent of which are incidents involving frame scaffolding. (Other types of scaffold typically used in residential construction include pump jacks, step- and extension-ladder jacks, roof brackets, and various kinds of aerial lifts. This discussion...

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