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Get Ready for World of Concrete and the 2017 MCAA Annual Convention

The 2017 World of Concrete (WOC)/World of Masonry exposition will be held Jan. 16–20 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. This annual international event, dedicated to the commercial concrete and masonry construction industries, will feature indoor and outdoor exhibits, an extensive education program, and exciting competitions like MCAA’s Fastest Trowel on the Block. It’s a can’t-miss event for every masonry professional.

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What’s in a Grade?

One of the most durable and cost-effective choices for scaffold plank by mason contractors is solid sawn scaffold plank. The two main choices these days are MSR (Machine Stress Rated) and DI 65 (Dense Industrial 65), both made from Southern yellow pine species, manufactured mostly in the Southern United States. Before the very first load of “Scaffold Grade” plank was made in 1972, mason contractors and other trades used solid lumber boards of whatever species they could find.

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Quiz: Scaffold Planks and Platforms

By Jeff Jack Compiled by Karen D. Hickey A plank is not just a piece of lumber. There is a lot to think through when purchasing and using planks for jobsite scaffolding. Test your knowledge on scaffold plank identification and inspection with this quiz, which recently appeared in a free MCAA webinar entitled “Scaffold Plank Identification and Inspection Processes.” 1.    Which agency would you refer to for questions about the legitimacy of a grade stamp for solid sawn scaffold plank? a.    SSFI. b.    ALSC. c.    SPIB. d.    OSHA. 2.    Which agency would you refer to for questions about the legitimacy of a third-party stamp for engineered wood scaffold plank? This could be LVL or edge-laminated or pin plank. a.    IAS. b.    SAIA. c.    WCLIB. d.    ANSI. e.    AARP. 3.    Which scaffold plank is required to have a capacity rating shown on it? a.    Inner access decks. b.    DI-65. c.    LVL. d.    All of the above. 4.    Which of these characteristics is allowed in a wood or engineered wood scaffold plank with some limitation? a.    Checks. b.    Narrow face splits. c.    Delamination. d.    End splits. 5.    What marking must always appear on a solid sawn scaffold plank? a.    OSHA. b.    Grader’s initials or license number. c.    Grade agency and mill number. d.    “PROOF TESTED SCAF PLK.” 6.    Which would not be inspected for in a metal plank? a.    Attachment of...

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Wood Scaffold Plank Performance

Wood scaffold plank is undoubtedly a critical component within scaffold assemblies, as worker safety depends on the performance of the planks on which they stand. Nowadays, the product offering of wood scaffold plank is quite diverse. Aside from traditional solid sawn lumber planks that are visually graded to meet OSHA standards, there are various types and qualities of manufactured or laminated wood scaffold boards to consider.

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The EZ Compact Mast Climber: Unconventional Scaffold for Tight Spaces

“I hate frames!” How many times have you heard that phrase? I hear this one a lot, too: “I’d love to use EZ Scaffold, but this is not a mast climber job. I don’t want to use frames, but I don’t have a choice.” The fact is, we will never completely eliminate the need for frame scaffold. However, the use of mast climbers dramatically increases safety and production while decreasing labor.

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