Scaffolding: How to Build, Forms, and More
What goes up mustn't come down accidentally.
Synopsis: This article describes the many forms of scaffolding, from pipe staging and roof brackets to pump and ladder jacks, and how they should be used. A sidebar discusses OSHA, the government’s job-safety program.
There are few subjects in construction with as little glamour or as much importance as scaffolding. Often erected in a hurry, abused by those who literally depend on it and torn down without ceremony, a scaffold is the ugly chrysalis whose removal reveals a butterfly.
Hard-earned knowledge of construction rigging is one of my most important resources as a builder. The ability to erect a safe, effective work platform is a skill that can be acquired only through thoughtful experimentation with the different systems available. There are nearly as many types of scaffolding as there are different types of jobs, and the ideal setup for a given situation is often a combination of several. As…