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Scaffold Plank

Prior to use, each scaffold plank should be inspected by a qualified person*. Visual inspection, proper handling and storage are the best ways of ensuring safe performance of DI-65 and laminated scaffold planks. Any planks exhibiting any of the following signs should be removed from service and inspected more thoroughly by a qualified person*:

  • END SPLITS: A separation that extends through the plank from face to face. If an end split exceeds 18" remove the plank from service.

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  • SAW CUTS, DRILLED HOLES AND NOTCHES: Saw cuts, drilled holes or notches will reduce the plank's load-carrying capacity.

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  • EDGE SPLITS: A separation of the narrow edge of the plank usually caused by forklift damage.

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  • DENTS, GOUGES AND DEPRESSIONS: Dents may reflect internal structural damage.

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  • FACE BREAKS: Irregular cracks across the face of the scaffold plank. Usually a result of overloading, face cracks dramatically reduce the strength of the plank.

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  • OTHER PHYSICAL SIGNS: Discoloration, odor and/or soft spongy wood.

    Remember to immediately remove damaged scaffold planks from service. Damaged planks may result in injury or death.

    This information is provided as a service by Kennison Forest Products. For additional safety information or training, contact Jared Kennison, toll-free, at (888) 697-5585.



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