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Carpenters’ expand scaffolding training program

by DON PROCTER 

The Carpenters’ Local 27 Training Centre will be adding a significant part to its scaffolding safety training agenda early next year at its Woodbridge, Ont. facility — a primer in suspended access scaffolding.
Carpenters’ expand scaffolding training program
Photo: DON PROCTER

Suspended access scaffolding, simply put, is built down from a supporting ceiling structure, rather than assembled from the ground up.

"It is used all the time in industrial applications, including nuclear plants, and in bridge restoration or anywhere there is no ground access," says Cristina Selva, Carpenters' Local 27 Training Centre executive director, adding it is common at Ontario Power Generation projects.

To prepare the course, an overhead supporting structure was built, consisting of six 38-foot-long I-beams and a catwalk, installed 20-feet above the training floor.

The structure enables specialist scaffolding instructors to teach under site-simulated but controlled conditions.

 

 

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