Technical

Technical

Test certificates: what do they really mean?

Commercial pressures are a temptation to purchase look-a-likes or clones that just don’t perform as you would expect. Product test certification was introduced to give buyers confidence that the products they are buying had passed performance tests and meet the

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Health and safety

Foundation systems for scaffolding

Scaffold contractors, designers and temporary works managers should pay careful consideration to the foundations of scaffold systems – how many do? Paul Thompson reports. “From little acorns do mighty oaks grow” goes the old English proverb. It implies that, despite

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Health and safety

Protecting lives and structures with engineered systems

Andrew Pass from MSA Safety – a global designer, manufacturer and distributor of safety products – talks about engineered systems and the integral role they play in keeping those that work at height safe. Fall protection solutions are generally split

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Technical

Scaffolding from the ground up

Ground conditions might not be the first concern for scaffold contractors, designers and temporary works managers – but they should be up there on the list. Paul Thompson reports. Ground conditions can play a fundamental role in determining the stability

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Features

Design of facade retention scaffolds

Facade retention scaffold design has many considerations. Ivik Masek BSc (Hons) IEng MICE, from design consultants 48.3, provides guidance on the design considerations associated with retention schemes while answering common questions. Raking, flying and dead shores are all types of

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News

An aerial view of the future

Drones have emerged as a highly viable commercial tool with applications in numerous sectors, most notably construction. This isn’t surprising, as their benefits range from enhancing on-site safety to achieving a level of project monitoring not previously possible. In the

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Embracing change in scaffold design?

In an extract from his book The Application of Limit State Design to Temporary Works, Ryan Berry from Creator considers what design philosophy contractors and their clients should follow when carrying out an engineering design role in scaffolding. Scaffolding is

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Features

Bridge beams – now stronger, lighter and more versatile

Bridge beams have evolved into the versatile and capable stalwart of the scaffolding sector that they are today.  Chris Harrison, director at Apex Scaffold Design, looks at their development as an integral part of scaffolding.   Looking back 20 years, steel ladder

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News

TECHNICAL: Loading bay design

Loading bays and towers are commonplace scaffold structures, with a variety of types, construction methods and safety aspects to consider for this valuable and time-saving scaffold assembly. Ian Hale, a structural engineering consultant from S-Mech Ltd, discusses the details. The

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