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Explain Truss-Out Scaffolding

Updated March 23, 2017

Truss-out scaffolding is a set of temporary scaffolds erected to allow work on a building to be done at height, either indoors or outdoors. Construction, maintenance and repair can all be done using truss-out scaffolding.

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Proper Tools

Using appropriate tools to construct truss-out scaffolding can prevent falls. For example, using a rotary hammer with an angular chuck instead of a typical rotary hammer allow workers to drill holes for the scaffold without having to lean outward.

Braces

Falls have resulted in fatal accidents from improperly constructed truss-out scaffolding. Workers sometimes do not adequately brace the scaffold and overload it, according to SafetyDirectory.com.

Safety Brackets

The I bracket is itself difficult to install at the lowest end of the scaffold, so workers sometimes do not put it in. The T bracket, positioned higher up on the scaffold, has been developed as a simpler and safer bracket to install.

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About the Author

Lexa W. Lee is a New Orleans-based writer with more than 20 years of experience. She has contributed to "Central Nervous System News" and the "Journal of Naturopathic Medicine," as well as several online publications. Lee holds a Bachelor of Science in biology from Reed College, a naturopathic medical degree from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine and served as a postdoctoral researcher in immunology.

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