Posts made in March, 2013

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Maintenance, Testing and Verification of Scaffold Planks

Posted on Mar 25, 2013 | 0 comments

We will have a look at maintenace and testing of scaffold planks to assist users in maximising their service life while maintaining a nescessary level of safety.Maintenance, entailing regular inspections and testing is nescessary to ensure that scaffold planks nearing the end of their service life (and that are no longer safe for use) are detected and removed from service.To maximise service life and ensure safety in use, planks should not be subjected to mechanical, physical or chemical forces. Such forces are likely to cause damage and render the plank unsafe for use.  A few...

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Inspection of Erected Scaffolding

Posted on Mar 18, 2013 | 0 comments

Erected scaffolding should be inspected as part of a regular schedule and at certain key times in the operational cycle of the structure. This means scaffold should be inspected: at commissioning daily – prior to use routinely – every 30 days by a qualified person prior to dismantling Apart from routine inspections, the principles of hazard identification and reporting should be employed at all times. This means, personnel working on or around scaffolding should be alert to scaffold hazards. People should also be aware of their obligations to report scaffold damage, site...

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Scaffold Loads & Design

Posted on Mar 13, 2013 | 0 comments

When designing a scaffolding structure, there are many things to consider when working out the required components. The first of which is the function of the scaffold. We will look at determining whether a light, medium or heavy duty structure is required.Firstly though, it is important to know what kind of load the structure will be required to support. In scaffolding, load is normally considered in terms of dead load and the duty live load. The dead load generally refers to the weight of the scaffold itself. This includes the weight of the standard and all connected components such as...

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Health & Safety Guidelines For Scaffold Users

Posted on Mar 8, 2013 | 0 comments

Some might call it a hassle, but the fact of the matter is that health and safety regulations are there to protect all of us. We will look at some of these as a safety should really be a priority. If your job may require you to use a scaffold in order to carry out certain job functions, before commencing work, make sure you are familiar with the safe working guidelines for using scaffolding hire. Users of scaffolding should be aware of the general use specifications and adhere to them at all times. Some of the more common hazards created by users are summarised below as important...

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