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Safety Professional - When did this become a profession?

Greetings Scaffs from around the globe and here at home. This started out to be a rant about how I don't think safety should be it's own profession (and cue the angry e-mails) and I sat back to ponder the roots of the average Safety Professional. In my mental timeline retrace of the possible origins of the Safety Professional I could only come to one logical conclusion about how "Safety and Compliance" could become a stand alone, salaried, I get paid just like everyone else, position. The…

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Added by Justin T. Wittwer on July 11, 2012 at 12:32pm — 1 Comment

NEW ITEMS IN THE STORE AND UPCOMING RANT TOPICS

Greetings scaffold professionals! How has your year started? I hope everyone is working. I see a lot of openings for scaffold professionals out there. Hit up "Simplyhired.com and sign up for updates using the keyword scaffolding. you will get some listings for medical stuff since they have started using "scaffolding" as a method for mapping  something or other, but you will see scaffold jobs as well so check that out. 

We have…

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Added by Justin T. Wittwer on May 13, 2012 at 9:53pm — No Comments

Jim Bridger Boiler Scaffold Wave - Not an Atlantic Scaffolding job!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The picture was believed to have been taken at the Jim Bridger Plant in Point of Rocks, Wyoming. This is a CLASSIC example of why diagonal bracing is absolutely critical in all scaffolding applications. This is also a CLASSIC example of why there are professionals in our INDUSTRIES. We have heard rumor that this is an Atlantic Scaffolding job and this is not the case. Atlantic is not on this job site and this is not our scaffold.…

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Added by Justin T. Wittwer on April 25, 2012 at 12:00am — 10 Comments

Resumes

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Welcome to the new mellenium. As I have posted a job and asked for resumes I have noticed a scary trend. While most of you are computer literate enough to find us and join up, most of you don't have a resume. While I can certainly understand that most people in our industry don't usually ask for resumes when they are manning up a job. We can also use this to possibly get ourselves ahead of the pack and when whoever is hiring you asks " What have you done?" You…

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Added by Justin T. Wittwer on January 15, 2012 at 3:15pm — No Comments

Wright Grip SB - Scaffold Wrench - A+, 5 of 5 stars, two thumbs up !!!!!!!!!

To steal a line from Steve Jobs,"The future is here."

The Wright Grip SB-TM Scaffold Wrench is an amazing tool with someone over at Wright asking the "Wright" questions.

The SB features a shorter handle that the previous version of the…

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Added by Justin T. Wittwer on December 31, 2011 at 3:50pm — 6 Comments

Scaffold Stage Collapses in Italy

Unfortunately there has been another stage collapse in Italy. There were some injuries and maybe possibly even a fatality. Our thoughts and prayers are with the crew and their families. Please add to this blog if you can find any more details about the event.

JW

Added by Justin T. Wittwer on December 19, 2011 at 11:55pm — No Comments

New Security Measures

Unfortunately due to the recent spammers sending spam through the site. I will have to approve all new members. I apologize for the spam getting through and hope this will not too much of an inconvenience for new members.

Some people should just stick to chat rooms!!!!

Hope this finds everyone well this Christmas Season.

Cheers,

JW

Added by Justin T. Wittwer on December 12, 2011 at 6:28pm — 1 Comment

Tools

I am looking for anyone who has tried the new Wright wrench to see if they like it? If anyone has one or has seen one please post a comment to let the rest of us know if you like it or not. I'm old school and still faithfully use a Tubelox racthet. It has served me well over the last 19 years and I am reluctant to try a new one. Post comments below. …

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Added by Justin T. Wittwer on October 14, 2011 at 2:17pm — 4 Comments

Welders fall from Scaffold In Sarpy County, NE

This from ScaffMag.com. 

 

Two workers were injured Tuesday morning when they fell nearly 20 feet off of scaffolding at a construction site in Sarpy County.

The two men were both wearing safety harnesses, but one worker hit the ground.

Jared Kirkendall, 27, of Auburn, Neb., was flown to the Nebraska Medical Center with head injuries after his safety harness failed to stop his 17-foot fall, said Sarpy County Sheriff’s Capt. Monty…

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Added by Justin T. Wittwer on September 9, 2011 at 9:21pm — 1 Comment

Check Out this Gem!!!

Check this baby out! I was in a hotel in St. Joe, MO and walked out in the morning to find this gem. I looked for someone working on it but maybe they decided to go home and think about what they had done.  Check out the super cool ratchet straps.  Look at how close that sucker is to the edge! No locks on the casters,…

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Added by Justin T. Wittwer on September 2, 2011 at 2:13pm — 1 Comment

Fall work for anyone

If anyone knows of any upcoming work, please post it in the "Events-JOBS" section so we can gather up the finest crews to ever work in the business. Anything would be helpful for all those not currently engaged in work. 

 

LABOR DAY - Please read the following post from the man at Scaffold Dawgs. He lays it out brilliantly as to the roots of this holiday. Thank you Tom for posting this on Facebook. Everyone…

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Added by Justin T. Wittwer on September 2, 2011 at 1:40pm — No Comments

Heat!!!

So this posts topic is something we deal with all of the time. Heat! Whether we are working in a plant in the middle of winter, or the side of a building during the dead of summer. Heat is a constant in our industry. Remember to drink plenty of water and lay off the caffeine and the alcohol when you know you are going to be exposed to high temperatures. I know the push back but alcohol is a severe cause of dehydration. It ironically is one of the causes of a…

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Added by Justin T. Wittwer on July 26, 2011 at 6:43pm — No Comments

The thing everybody hates - paperwork. Tips, rants and other rambelings

Yes, I know. I can hear it now. " I love my job but hate the paperwork" For all of you out there in Supervision, you can certainly relate to this statement. While I completely agree with this statement I can also see it from the other side. Tracking a major project when the paperwork from the field isn't right can be a nightmare as well. The thing we need to remember when we sit down to fill out one of the 5000 forms it seems we have to fill out everyday, is that…

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Added by Justin T. Wittwer on April 24, 2011 at 4:05pm — 1 Comment

New Forum Questions and other rants

I have posted the inevitable question in the Forum section to see what we, as a collective group, think is the best modular scaffold system on the market today. Check it out and vote for your favorite today. 

As we are comming to the end of the 2011 Spring Outage season I would like to hear any comments anyone has about how their jobs went. Were the people good? Was the work managed well? Was it more than you expected? Sound…

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Added by Justin T. Wittwer on April 13, 2011 at 9:01am — 2 Comments

New Topic posted in the Forum Section!!!

Check out the new posting in the Forum section of the site and sound off on what you think about it. It is a great article from a knowledgeable source from inside the industry on how "common sense" seems to be going out the window. I heard one time that "common sense" had been re-named "good sense" because if it was so common everyone would have it. 

The article came from the SIA magazine and if you, and your company, are not…

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Added by Justin T. Wittwer on February 2, 2011 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Fall Protection Suit!!!



$21.1M for fall at Qwest Center

By Todd Cooper

WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER

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Added by Justin T. Wittwer on January 14, 2011 at 4:08pm — 2 Comments

MERRY CHRISTMAS

From all of us to all of you!!!

MERRY CHRISTMAS! 

May God bless you and yours this day and everyday!

 

jw

Added by Justin T. Wittwer on December 23, 2010 at 12:40pm — No Comments

Latest and Greatest!!!! Happy Turkey Day

For all of our American members Happy Thanksgiving! May you be able to enjoy friends and family on this day of thanks. One of the things I am thankful for is the membership here, and the diversity herein. Members from 3 continents gathering together to feed each other information is a great thing. Thanks to all of you who have provided content for this site. For the builders, by the builders.


The latest shipment of goods is in and the new T shirts are way cool. They say…
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Added by Justin T. Wittwer on November 26, 2010 at 1:55am — No Comments

PRE-ORDER SPECIAL - HOODYS AND T-SHIRTS

UNTIL NOV. 19TH WE HAVE A PRE-ORDER SPECIAL ON OUR NEWEST T-SHIRTS AND HOODY'S. THEY BOTH SAY "STEP UP OR GO HOME" ON THE BACK AND THE HOODY'S WILL BE WARM FOR THE COMMING WINTER MONTHS FOR ALL OF US ABOVE MIDDLE AMERICA. CHECK OUT THE STORE AND ORDER TODAY!!!!

Added by Justin T. Wittwer on November 7, 2010 at 5:45pm — 1 Comment

Awesome Site For Tools and Holders!!!!!!!!!

I received an e-mail from a fellow ScaffoldBuilder that has taken up leather work. Please check out the site and see if he can help get your rig dialed in right.


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Added by Justin T. Wittwer on October 30, 2010 at 3:30pm — No Comments

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