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  • Scaffold Inspections for Job Site Safety

    Scaffold Inspections for Job Site Safety

    Scaffolding problems on a job site are one of the most frequent safety violations cited by OSHA. Maintaining compliance with scaffolding safety standards not only reduces your risk of receiving a citation, but it also creates a safer work environment for workers and lowers the cost of workers compensation claims.

    What are some of the key components of scaffolding safety? In order to be safe, scaffolding must be:

    • Out of the way of egress, exits, paths, and fire safety systems.
    • Level and supported by bracing, resting on a firm foundation.
    • A safe distance from power lines.
    • Free and protected from debris and falling objects.
    • Made of fire-retardant material.
    • At least 18 inches wide on platforms.

    The general safety requirements established by OSHA for scaffolding can be found here.

    While you can observe the condition of scaffolding on the job site, the standard requires that a "competent person" complete inspections on a frequent enough basis to uncover problems before they become safety concerns. Competence in this sense refers to someone who:

    • Has completed training about the requirements of OSHA's scaffold standard.
    • Can readily identify hazards.
    • Is able to correct problems and eliminate hazards.

    A scaffold inspection must take place after it is built, before it used, and periodically in the course of the job. The specific timeline for inspection has deliberately been left vague by OSHA because inspections should take place often enough that safety threats are identified before they arise.  Contact us to schedule your inspection.

  • Vintage Meets Modern: Linear vs Phased Construction

    Vintage Meets Modern: Linear vs Phased Construction

    The world we live in is obsessed with vintage meeting modern. A common hobby is often restoring antique items, and making them seemingly brand new. Few often ponder the work that goes into doing this, and sometimes chalk restoration up to simply being a new coat of paint. There is a whole process that goes into the preservation and restoration of historical buildings, however, and it is quite interesting. 

    Construction cannot simply be delved into, but instead, must be planned out first. This leads into the debate on linear versus phased construction. Essentially, which is the best for this project? Well, the answer is typically both when dealing the restoration of a historical building.

    Figuratively so, linear construction is traditional. This undergoes meticulous planning, and all of the bases get covered. It is a slower process, but it is important to remember that the original plans for a historical building were, in fact, slower, as well. Linear construction basically leaves little to no room for error, as everything is thoughtfully planned out. Of course, linear construction covers the vintage side of things quite nicely.

    Phased construction, on the other hand, is very fast-paced. The construction of a building has already started when the final phases are still being planned out. Basically, it is the execution of an idea, without the idea being completely finished. It is seemingly more risky, but is the most popular method in the construction world today. As you can tell, it is the modern aspect of the restoration of historical buildings.

    With all of this in mind, the argument of linear versus phased construction still stands. It is safe to say that, though, that choosing an expert on both types of construction, is essential. With over 25 years of experience, Scott Henson is the architectural expert you are looking for.



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