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Types of Wooden Scaffolding Plank

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In the construction and building industry, the scaffold planks, also known as walkplanks or scaffold planks, wood for scaffolding and even scaffolding wood (when constructed from wood)–are substances used on scaffolding structures in order to ensure secure working conditions for workers at heights. Typically they are constructed from finished and treated wood, like Southern yellow pine, or spruce that are then inspected for conformity according to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards. Alternatives to traditional planks of wood are laminated 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 specifications for OSHA conformity.

The Solid Sawn Scaffolding Planks

The solid-sawn scaffolding plans offer an increased machinestress rating (MSR) as per the grade rulebook which is in line with industry standards for both visual and functional properties. The features include:

The OSHA/ANSI standards are in compliance
There is availability for S4S with rough and smooth surfaces, 2 inches by 10 inches and 2 inches by 12 inches sizes.
Ends that have been clipped and roped
Finish trimming of the edges and painting
Custom embossing options and wrapping papers
Produced in the USA warranty

Made of Southern pine, a wood species that is known for its durability, our Solid sawn planks for scaffolding provide incredible stability and durability and are an economical and reliable option for companies that manufacture scaffolding as well as professionals in areas like masonry and plastering 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 durability in the raw material when combined with the latest manufacturing techniques make an excellent lvl scaffold plank with the highest level of reliability for a reasonable cost. Highlights include:

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

Specifications for OSHA Compliance

As per 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 scaffold planks, this is due to the wrong selection as well as use.

When selecting and using planks of wood for the context of a scaffolding project It is important to think about the following factors: dimensions, load capacity in addition to the required number and the condition. A few of the things to consider include:

OSHA standards have minimum 6-inches of space on both sides of the frame.
Scaffolds shouldn’t defect–i.e. warp more than one-half in length.
Every component of a scaffolding system has to be capable of supporting at least four times the amount of the maximum load before it is used on an undertaking.
The safe use of scaffolding demands that the strength and quality of the system increase with larger applications.
Before you use a plank for a scaffold be sure that the plank is correctly treated and sealed by the manufacturer. This is vital to ensure 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, the product must have at least 6 rings in an inch. It must also be free of only a few imperfections (e.g. knots, knots and notches) as well as, for Southern pine it must have a grain slope of 1/8 inch to the side each 14 inches of length. Furthermore, the lumber needs to be examined, graded as well as clearly marked with an external third party agency.