How To Classify The X-Deck – Ladder, Platform, Scaffold, Work Platform, Aerial Lift, Scissor Lift, Ladder Jack, Elevated Platform?

December 14th, 2009

 

A Common question a lot of safety people ask is how to classify the X-Deck?

~ Is the X-Deck a Ladder, Platform, Work Platform, Scaffold, Aerial Lift, Scissor Lift, Ladder Jack, Elevated Platform?  

 

 

We have been called a lot of different things depending on the business and the safety director. I think the best definition for our product is the following as coined by a OSHA director at the Georgia Safety Show:

The X-Deck is ALWAYS ASSEMBLED SCAFFOLDING.

  • The reason for this is that all of our X-Decks come ready for use straight out of the box.
  • You do not ever need to disassembled an X-Deck, merely fold it flat when not in use.
  • One of the biggest benefits to this definition is that you do not need the scaffolding to be tagged and inspected before use, because it was not put together merely raised up to a height setting.
  • If it is going to be used between shifts, merely have the last guy lower it down between shifts.
  • Businesses still want a competent person to erect the X-Deck and they do this by having their employees watch a 2 minute training video.

This is the same interpretation that many nuclear power plants have adapted as well as the US military.

 

For a more generic definition of our product you can also use the standard scaffolding standards that are found below: 

Regulations (Standards – 29 CFR)
Scaffold Specifications – 1926 Subpart L App A


 

• Part Number:

1926

• Part Title:

Safety and Health Regulations for Construction

• Subpart:

L

• Subpart Title:

Scaffolds

• Standard Number:

1926 Subpart L App A

• Title:

Scaffold Specifications

 

Please review the OSHA standards under the Scaffold heading OSHA 1926- all sections.

See: www.osha.gov and www.dol.gov

 

We meet all OSHA standards including SWL (Certified for weight, 4X SWL).  In addition to the strength requirements, we meet the height and width requirements and all handrail height and strength requirements. 

 

We offer OSHA gates which are not required but sometimes suggested by OSHA.

 

We have been approved by the safety department of numerous large or fortune 500 companies, such as: Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Boeing Aviation, NASA, Kennedy Space Center, General Electric, Dynamic Industries, Cessna, First Energy – OH and PA, Surry Nuclear Power Plant – VA, Husky Energy – CAN, Palisades Nuclear Power Plant, TVA – Watts Bay Nuclear Plant and many others.

  

We were approved by the State of Georgia Department of Labor – OSHA division, for showing at their 2007 yearly convention.  One of their seminars on ladders/scaffold featured the SafeTec products.  We were also invited by the State of Ohio, Department of Labor to show at their annual Workman’s Compensation Convention 2006. 

  

We have also been accepted by Sears, Grainger, and Snap on Tools safety departments.

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