• How We Can Help with Your Scaffolding Needs

    At Scaffold Resource, we offer a number of services to builders and construction site managers to help them complete their jobs safely and on time. From scaffold rentals to project and engineering management and consultation, our commitment is to ensure you have the tools you need when you need them at every stage of your building project.

     

    Our scaffold rental services provide access to a variety of different scaffolding products, including tube and clamp scaffolding, sidewalk bridging, work platforms, and stair towers. If you’re unsure which kinds of scaffolding are appropriate for your project, we can help. We also provide construction support services, including dismantling, engineering consultation, and construction that involves scaffolding. Our team is licensed to work on every piece of equipment that they handle and participates in daily safety briefings. We also can perform daily safety inspections to protect your crew and the general public.

     

    If you have a construction project, contact Scaffold Resource to learn more about how we can help. You can reach our team at (301) 924-7223 for more information about construction scaffolding in Washington, D.C.

  • What Are the Most Common Causes of Scaffolding Accidents?

    Scaffolding is an important part of many construction projects, but it also requires very careful safety procedures and careful worker training. When you rent scaffolding, work with the company that is providing it to make sure you understand the correct procedures for erecting scaffolding and operating it correctly. Here is a look at some of the most common reasons that scaffolding accidents occur on jobsites.

     

    Scaffolding Collapses

    If scaffolding is not erected properly, it can collapse while workers are on it. Scaffolding collapses are particularly serious. Not only do these injuries allow the workers who are on the work platform to be injured, but workers below also face the risk of being crushed by falling parts. Your scaffolding company will provide clear instructions on the right way to use the scaffolding and the materials that should be used to erect it. Inspect each piece of the scaffolding as you’re building it, and ask the rental company to replace any piece that appears damaged. Ask for assistance if you have questions about the proper procedures for putting the scaffolding together.

     

    Falls

    Falls are among the most common accidents on construction sites, and falls from scaffolding are a serious risk. Having strict on-site safety procedures will reduce the risk of falls. For example, setting rules that prevent trip hazards on work platforms can cut the chances that someone will fall because of tripping.

     

    Tipping Scaffolding

    Scaffolding is not protected from high winds, so it is vulnerable to tipping over in bad weather. If high winds are forecast, take steps to secure the scaffolding, and don’t allow anyone to work on it during the bad weather. Workers on the ground should also not be in range of the scaffolding during high winds, so since it could tip and collide with them.

     

    Scaffold Resource is committed to ensuring the safety of every jobsite that uses our scaffolding rentals. We even offer engineering and project consultation for jobs that require expert safety advice. If you have questions about scaffold rentals in Washington, D.C., call (301) 924-7223.

  • A Look at Our Hoisting Work on the Hay Adams Hotel

    Scaffold Resource has a long history of providing scaffolding, shoring, and hoists to high profile projects in the Washington, D.C. area and around the country. The iconic Hay-Adams Hotel in Washington, D.C. is one place that relied on our services as part of a major project to add a vertical addition to the building. We assisted with a personnel and material hoist that was used above an active alleyway, which presented multiple challenges that we helped the team overcome.

     

    The hoist had to service the roof and scaffolding for a two-story addition to the building while allowing a high-traffic loading dock to be used safely over the alleyway, which was in use for the duration of the project. There was a complex back structure required, and a scaffold had to be built between the hoist and the building that accommodated the existing architectural features.

     

    Scaffold Resource helped this project and many others reach safe and efficient conclusions with our hoist and scaffolding services. Talk to our team about your needs for scaffold rentals in Washington, D.C. by calling (301) 924-7223.

  • The Building of the New Cooper River Bridge

    The Arthur Ravenel Bridge, also sometimes called the new Cooper River Bridge, is an engineering marvel. The cable-stay bridge is the third longest such bridge in the Western hemisphere. The building process was dangerous and required careful safety management and large scaffolding systems.

     

    Watch this video to learn more about the building of the new bridge. The structure is eight lanes across and connects Charleston and Mount Pleasant in South Carolina. It is part of Highway 17, which is a major north-south thoroughfare along the Southeastern seaboard.

     

    Scaffold Resource knows the demands of complex projects such as these and provides secure scaffolding and project management assistance. For more information about our scaffolds in Washington, D.C., call (301) 924-7223.

     

  • How Fatigue Can Affect Job Site Safety

    On building sites of all sizes, fatigue is a common factor in many accidents and injuries. It is essential for all workers on a site to be well rested and to not be impacted by fatigue, no matter what their role in the project. At Scaffold Resource, we offer engineering and project management consultancy services, and safety is at the forefront of what we do. Could fatigue be compromising the safety of your job site? Here is a closer look at some of the risks associated with fatigue and what you can do about it.

     

    How does fatigue cause workplace safety issues?

    According to the National Safety Council, driving while fatigued is as dangerous as driving while impaired. Someone who loses two hours of sleep has similar symptoms as someone who has had three beers. On the job site, your workers need the same kind of attentiveness that they do to drive safely, and fatigue stands in the way of that. You wouldn’t let workers perform any tasks on your project if they were intoxicated. However, allowing them to do so while they are fatigued can have similar outcomes caused by slow reaction times, poor decision making, and lack of attention to detail.

     

    What are some symptoms of workplace fatigue?

    There are safety devices that can be installed in construction equipment that will alert the operator of fatigue symptoms. In most cases, though, it’s up to the people working on the site to be vigilant about potential signs of fatigue, like difficulty concentrating, dizziness, headaches, and slow response times.

     

    How can the risk of fatigue-related incidents be reduced?

    On construction sites, creating a culture that puts safety first is essential. This includes a culture in which workers are encouraged to self-report when they feel too fatigued to function safely in their roles and in which workers are not pushed to work overtime hours in order to complete a project. Setting realistic project timelines will also help.

     

    Do you have a project in need of engineering or management advice? Scaffold Resource can assist through all of the stages of your project, as well as provide shoring and scaffolding rentals in Washington, D.C. To learn more, call us at (301) 924-7223.

     

  • An Overview of Historic Restoration Standards

    Historic restoration projects are challenging to complete. Ensuring that a structure adheres to the design standards of a specific time period without features that are not historically accurate requires careful planning and building techniques. It also requires using equipment, such as shoring or scaffolding, that won’t harm the property. There are specific standards to which anyone undertaking a historical restoration must adhere, regardless of the time period or use of the structure. Here are the standards that must be followed on all historical restorations.

     

    Features that are added must be established as historically accurate.

    During restoration projects, it is acceptable to add certain features that are missing from the property. However, designers must provide physical proof or other kinds of documentation to show that the features are accurate not just to the time period but also to the property itself. Designers cannot combine two partial elements into a new design feature that was not a present at the historical site. Features from one historical property from the period in question cannot be used in another restoration project, even if the time period is accurate.

     

    No treatments can be used that would damage the historical site.

    Often, part of restoration means cleaning up the features of the site so that they look their best. However, it is important to avoid any chemical or physical cleaning process that could potentially cause harm to any part of the property. It is the responsibility of the construction team to ensure the gentlest process is used in each instance.

     

    Historically accurate materials cannot be removed from the site.

    Historical restoration does not allow any materials to be removed from the property or features constructed during the time period to be changed. If features were added to the property later that were not available during the historical period, those can be removed.

     

    Scaffold Resource understands the special requirements for historical restoration and has provided shoring and scaffolding for a wide range of these types of products. For more information about shoring systems or scaffolding rentals in Washington, D.C., call (301) 924-7223.

     

  • Scaffold Resource at the Chapman Mill

    Historical restorations are more complex than new construction projects. During a historical project, you have to take care not to use techniques that could damage the space you’re trying to restore. As such, things like scaffolding and shoring have to be used carefully, in order to preserve the space. At Scaffold Resource, we are experienced in this kind of construction work and have assisted on many jobs that involve this delicate balance of new building and historical preservation. The Chapman Mill is one such project in which we have been involved.

     

    The Chapman Mill is a former grist mill in Northern Virginia that was built in 1742 and was once the tallest stacked stone building in the country. The process of restoring it as a historical site after it was damaged by a fire was complicated due to the unexcavated worksite that was infested with snakes and the structural damage caused by the fire. We assisted with appropriate scaffolding necessary for safe working conditions without causing further damage to the site.

     

    From historical restorations to new construction, Scaffold Resource is available to assist in a variety of projects. Learn more about our engineering and project consultation services or scaffolding in Washington, D.C., by calling (301) 924-7223.

  • The Methods of Wall Bracing

    Wall bracing is performed during construction on wood-frame buildings in order to make the structures less susceptible to wind damage. This practice is especially important in areas in which high-wind storms, such as hurricanes, are possible. In those regions, there are likely to be local building guidelines that stipulate the minimum level of wall bracing that is required in construction projects. In other cases, the guidelines set by the International Residential Code are used. There are several different methods of wall bracing that are used, depending on the needs of the project. Scaffold Resource can assist with wall bracing calculations as part of our engineering consultation services. Here is a look at some of the common processes.

     

    Engineered Shear Walls

    For wind loads that are expected to reach or exceed 110 miles per hour, engineered shear walls may be used. In this process, an engineer calculates the expected wind loads to determine where shear walls should be located and what their size and construction should be. Shear walls have hold-downs at every segment. These segments may be as small as 27 1/2 inches, depending on the anticipated wind loads.

     

    Method 3

    Method 3 is so called because it adheres to the IRC’s Method 3 guidelines. It is used when wind loads are expected to be less than 110 miles per hour. With this method plywood, or in some cases, OSB, is attached to strategically chosen areas of walls to brace them against the wind. The attached plywood or OSB must cover the full height of the wall and be at least four feet wide.

     

    Fully Sheathed

    Fully sheathed buildings are completely covered in plywood or OSB. In these cases, IRC guidelines allow for fewer areas of the walls to be braced. With this method, however, all corners of the building have to be braced wall panels.

     

    For more information about wall bracing, scaffolding or shoring in Washington, D.C., call Scaffold Resource. We are available to answer your questions today at (301) 924-7223.

  • A Look at Safety Measures Taken During the Golden Gate Bridge Construction

    Bridge construction involves risk, but the Golden Gate Bridge set a new standard for safe construction practices. Any construction project that involves working at height on scaffolding should incorporate the tightest possible safety measures, and the Golden Gate Bridge construction project set an example that is still relevant today.

     

    Watch this video to learn more about safety procedures followed during construction of the Golden Gate Bridge. This dangerous project had a remarkable safety record, thanks to the efforts of the forward-thinking site manager.

     

    At Scaffold Resource, we’re also committed to job site safety and can assist with everything from project consulting to scaffold rentals in Washington, D.C. Contact us at (301) 924-7223 to learn more.

  • The Death of an Excavation Worker: A Case Study in Safety Violations in California

    Working in construction requires the utmost attention to safety. Anything less isn’t just risky—it can be deadly. In California, two recent incidents demonstrate how true that is. Two construction company workers were killed on the job in separate incidents that are tied together by one thing: a lack of proper safety protocols on the site. At Scaffold Resource, we help contractors ensure that their workers are safe with project consultation services. We can help you review your safety protocols and help you make sure you are following appropriate procedures when using scaffolding, shoring, and more. Here is a look at both incidents and how they occurred.

     

    Bay Construction Co.

    Bay Construction Co. was working on an underground pump station in Oakland. They assembled a trench box to complete the work, and while a worker was still inside the trench, they began removing the shoring system that was supporting it. The pipes that were used in the shoring included linear rails that weighed 5,000 pounds, and the excavator that was being used to remove the rails was not strong enough to carry that amount of weight. The excavator failed and a 5,000 rail was dropped on a worker inside the trench, killing him. OSHA guidelines prohibit shoring systems from being installed or removed when anyone is inside the trench. Bay Construction Co. was issued nine separate citations and was charged more than $140,000 in penalties.

     

    Empire Equipment Services

    Empire Equipment Services was working on a sewer pipe installation project that involved a trench that was 17 feet deep. Before the work began, the soil was not graded, which is required in order to determine if a shoring system is needed. The soil was not stable, but no shoring was used. Further, the soil was not sloped appropriately. As a result, a 30-foot wide section of soil collapsed during the project, trapping and filling a worker inside the trench. The company was fined $66,000.

     

    Don’t put your employees’ safety at risk. Let Scaffold Resource provide safe shoring and scaffolding as well as project consultation support to ensure that your sites are safe. For more information about safe shoring and scaffold rentals in Washington, D.C., call (301) 924-7223.