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Why Use Scaffold Planks?

In the construction and building industry, the scaffold planks, also known as walkplanks or scaffold planks, wood for scaffolding and scaffolding wood (when constructed from wood)–are substances used on scaffolding structures in order to ensure safe working conditions while at height. Typically they are constructed from finished and treated wood such as Southern yellow pine, or spruce and then are inspected to ensure conformance according to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards. Alternatives to traditional planks of wood comprise laminated veneer lumber (LVL)–consisting of several layers of wood that are joined using adhesives.

The blog article below provides an overview of the scaffold planks and outlines the wood types that are available, as well as the rules for OSHA conformity.

The Solid Sawn Scaffolding Planks

The solid-sawn scaffolding planks provide an increased MSR. (MSR) according to the grade rulebook which is in line with industry standards for both visual and functional properties. Its features include:

Conformity to OSHA/ANSI standards
Available of S4S with rough and smooth surfaces, 2 inches by 10 inches and 2 inches by 12 inches.
Clipped corners and rubbed ends
End trimming with precision and painting
Custom embossing options and wrapping paper
Produced in the USA warranty

The wood is Southern pine, a species of wood well-known for its durability and reliability, our sturdy sawn decking boards provide incredible stability and durability which makes it an economical and reliable option to use by companies that manufacture scaffolding as well as professionals in construction, masonry and stucco sectors.

Laminate Veneer Lumber (LVL)

We are the sole supplier of the SURE-LAM 2.1E and 2.3E —-made entirely in the USA made from top-quality Douglas fir. The solidity that the material provides when combined with modern manufacturing techniques makes the perfect scaffold plank with high-quality reliability and a competitive cost. Highlights include:

The OSHA/ANSI standards are in compliance
Insist on rigorous testing and inspections and testing, including the independent third-party
The options for custom lengths, sizes, as well as embossing
Color of the seal at the end
Produced in the USA warranty

OSHA Requirements OSHA Compliance

Based on OSHA estimates the thousands of injuries that happen in the workplace result from the failure to follow regulations or inadequate education of employees regarding safety on scaffolds. Regarding the scaffold planks, this refers to both improper selection and the use of them.

When selecting and using planks of wood for an application for scaffolding it is essential to take into consideration in addition to other aspects, the size, capacity for load in addition to the required number and the condition. A few of the things to be aware of include:

OSHA standards have minimum 6 inches overlap either side of the frame.
Scaffolds must not defect–i.e. warp or break more than one-half in length.
Each part of a scaffolding structure must be capable of supporting at minimum four times the intended load prior to being put into the project.
The safe use of scaffolding demands that the strength and durability of the system increase by using more extensive applications.
Prior to using a lvl scaffold plank make sure the plank has been correctly treated and sealed by the manufacturer. This is crucial to maintain secure and solid conditions during construction.

Utilizing scaffold grade lumber – which is higher-quality than construction grade lumber — is essential. To qualify as scaffold grade lumber, it has to be more than 6 rings in an inch. It must also possess little or no defects (e.g. knots, knots, and notches) as well as, for Southern pine the grain should slope of 1/8 inch to the left for each 14 inches of length. Furthermore, the lumber needs to be graded, inspected, as well as clearly marked with an independently-owned third party.