At Bird Ladder, we realize steel scaffolding is of the utmost importance for the construction of new buildings. Since construction remains a crucial industry, safe scaffolding plays an indirect but important role in bolstering the economy
Safety engineering for steel scaffolding is a unique field in and of itself. Experts in this field take precautions to ensure that construction workers can use scaffolding without facing undue risk. Fortunately, engineers have developed a number of proven methods for making steel scaffolding safe and secure. OSHA has outlined quite a few rules for reasonably safe scaffolding. However, it is up to scaffold designers to elaborate on these guidelines through personal experience. Although scaffold engineering is a fairly deep and complex subject, the basics of safe scaffolding are relatively simple and easy to understand. Continue reading →
With winter season approaching us in the north, it is sometimes required that the job site needs to be enclosed and to maintain a heated work area. What many contractors will do is erect scaffolding around the job site and and wrap the structure with reinforced plastic tarps to maintain heat in the work area. To attach the tarps to the scaffold, wind clips are used. When attaching tarps to scaffold special care must be taken to insure that windy conditions with not affect the scaffold. Extra wall ties and counter weights are need to counter act the effects of wrapping the scaffold with plastic. Care must also be taken with the type of heater being used so an open flame does not come into contact with the tarp.
Granite Industries has developed a new product that is designed to help eliminate OSHA citations when using narrow rolling scaffold. When working on narrow scaffold the wheels must be locked. When employees are doing repetitive work, which require constant moving of the scaffold from one location to another, employees tend to forget to lock the casters. In some cases they move the scaffold while on it. Trades that do this can be painters, electricians, and ceiling installers. Granite has developed a motorized narrow scaffold that will eliminate the issue of not locking the casters and also increase production by eliminating the need to get down off the scaffold to move it. The product is called Power Snappy. It is available in three sizes. It is battery powered by two 12 volt sealed batteries, has a built in battery charger, all controlled by a joy stick while standing on the work platform. It can transported easily, both to and around the job site and will fit on a standard elevator.