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    Question using scaffolding for load sharing anchor points?

    I am looking for information concerning using scaffolding (in an industrial situation) for anchoring purposes for lowering someone over the side to get them down off the scaffolding. I noticed one short thread that hit on it some, but was focused on using first choice bomb proof anchors. I've done a little research, and found the 200lbs OSHA requirement (must be able to withstand it without deflecting 3inches). Of course, that's not minimum breaking strength.

    Of course, if bomb proof anchors were available, we would use them. But if not?

    Looking for thoughts, common practices, ect. on the topic. I'm not finding it in the few elevated heights manuals I've looked in, or anywhere online. Possibly because it's so frowned upon? But, if the load sharing is done correctly (proper angles), would this be different from any other load sharing situation? Tipping perhaps? Thanks.
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    Might depend in the scaffolding

    It you have watched some put up
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    I have always gone to the vertical corner posts if I had to rig off of a scaffold. Although I try everything else before tying to scaffold due to its horrible history of failing. My opinion comes from working in the industrial rope access field.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fairfield View Post
    I have always gone to the vertical corner posts if I had to rig off of a scaffold. Although I try everything else before tying to scaffold due to its horrible history of failing. My opinion comes from working in the industrial rope access field.
    I've got to agree with Fairfield on this one. Low hook up at the base of a vertical (corner is strongest) and no other suitable anchor is available. Before hooking to scaffolding though, I firmly believe you need to go through a scaffolding erection/inspection/competent person class first. If you don't know how to inspect scaffolding you should never use it as an anchor point. Otherwise you are just crossing your fingers and hoping it will hold the load.

    The Scaffolding Institute in Houston does a pretty good class and I believe they might offer it as an internet course now although nothing really replaces hands on when it comes to scaffolding.

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    I agree with the previous two posts. I just don't trust it and it would be my last resort choice.

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    Check out this website for prices, class lengths and descriptions and upcoming classes. I went through the scaffold trainer class many years ago and still use the information, books, etc., provided during the class.

    http://scaffoldtraining.com/

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