Category: Best Practices

SCAFFOLDING BEST PRACTICE #33 – Horizontal Bracing

One disturbing trend in industrial scaffolding is the poor utilization of horizontal bracing on scaffolding structures. Required specifically by regulation, horizontal bracing keeps the structure straight and square and minimizes bending and deflection –...

SCAFFOLDING BEST PRACTICE #76 – Scaffold Requisitions

“Pointing a finger in the air” is NOT a sufficient process for requesting an industrial scaffold! A written Scaffold Requisition document provides critical information and communication necessary to erect safe structures. They cover important...

SCAFFOLDING BEST PRACTICE #23 – Eccentric Loading

Cantilevers and side brackets create forces on the scaffold OUTSIDE the main structure called “eccentric loads”. These forces can cause the scaffold to overturn, separate, or bend in a manner that can compromise the...

SCAFFOLDING FACT #47: Scaffold Load Ratings

All scaffolds MUST have a calculated load rating tagged on the structure. Otherwise, what is it good for? The Load Calculation must take into account ALL components (i.e. foundation/anchor load, post/support load, ledger load...

SCAFFOLDING BEST PRACTICE #35 – Node Points

The scaffold “node point” is where the ledgers and transoms connect to the vertical posts. It is a fundamental principle of supported scaffolding that all stabilizing components (vertical bracing, horizontal bracing, ties, etc.) are...