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INSPECTION AND PROOF TESTING PROCEDURES

OF SCAFFOLDS WOODEN PLANKS


References:
1- ANSI A10.8:2001
2- OSHA 29CFR1926.451

I- Inspection
All the scaffold planks should be collected in one place in each station for inspection and evaluation under
the supervision of site safety officer and scaffold supervisor, scaffolders should properly arrange the planks
in one cleared area and support the inspector during inspection, proof testing and stamping,

Visual Inspection:
It is a mandatory requirement to visually inspect scaffold planks before testing.
Start with a complete visual inspection
Pull planks one-by-one from plank pile
Check one side, then turn and check the other
Check both ends
Check both edges
Place each plank in a Usable pile (free from all suspected or known defects) or in a Review pile
(review questionable planks with a competent or qualified person) or in a Scrap pile

Checks Hair-line fiber separation on face or end, where moisture has


exited the plank

ACTION: NONE. Checks are allowable and unlimited

End Splits: Complete separation of the wood surface-to-surface.

End splits with length less than or equal to the plank width are
repairable.

POSSIBLE ACTIONS:

Banding may be used to arrest repairable splits from further


propagation.

CUT BACK or must be REMOVED FROM SERVICE.

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Face splits: Open splits on narrow face of plank Possible internal
damage NOT ALLOWED
ACTION: REMOVE PLANK FROM SERVICE

Delamination: Delamination is a separation of veneer layers (applicable


to laminated engineered wood), and indicates a loss of structural
integrity - NOT ALLOWED
ACTION:
REMOVE PLANK FROM SERVICE
NOTIFY MANUFACTURER

Handling Damage: Localized handling damage can also indicate possible


internal damage - NOT ALLOWED
POSSIBLE ACTIONS:
REMOVE PLANK FROM SERVICE

Other Damage
Dents, depression & gouges may be caused by dropped objects, planks
or machinery; and may indicate internal
damage
ACTION:
REMOVE PLANK FROM SERVICE
Competent Person decision if further use of the plank is desired

Saw Kerfs: Kerfs or cuts result in a reduction of strength NOT


ALLOWED
POSSIBLE ACTIONS:
CUT BACK to remove defect
REMOVE PLANK FROM SERVICE

Notches: Notches result in a reduction of strength. All uses must be at


the direction of a qualified person
POSSIBLE ACTIONS:
CUT BACK to remove defect
REMOVE PLANK FROM SERVICE

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Face Breaks: Tearing or cracking of wood fiber due to overload or
abuse; an indication of structural damage to the plank NOT
ALLOWED
Damage from a break is not always easy to identify and is best
observed under load or mechanical evaluation (cracking sounds
during loading are audible indicators)
ACTION:
REMOVE PLANK FROM SERVICE
Pitch & pitch pockets: visible in solid sawn plank does not
compromise structural integrity ALLOWED. No action required.
Drill/nail holes can cause damage due to water penetration,
reduced section and possible end splitting.
Recommend keeping fasteners back a minimum 6-inches from the
end of planks.
POSSIBLE ACTIONS:
CUT BACK to remove defect
REMOVE PLANK FROM SERVICE
Crook deviation edgewise from a straight line end-to-end
Crook can cause gaps in decking surface
POSSIBLE ACTIONS:
REMOVE PLANK FROM SERVICE
Competent Person decision if further use of the plank is desired

Cup deviation in the face of a plank edge-toedge


Can create rocking effect or tripping hazard
POSSIBLE ACTIONS:
REMOVE PLANK FROM SERVICE store in well stacked area to dry
out (cup may be only temporary due to moisture on one side of
Plank

Twist curl or spiral movement end-to-end or edge-to-edge


Can create rocking effect or tripping hazard
ACTION:
REMOVE PLANK FROM SERVICE

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Bow ramp effect; flatwise deviation
Possible damage due to overloading or excessive moisture in plank
ACTION:
REMOVE PLANK FROM SERVICE
SEEK THE REVIEW of a Qualified or Competent Person* if further use
of the plank is desired

Chemical Contamination: Usually from acid or alkaline solutions


damage may not be visible
Decrease in plank weight may be symptom of chemical
contamination
Wood may appear soft, crumbly or carry odor NOT ALLOWED.
ACTION:
REMOVE PLANK FROM SERVICE

Fungus & Decay


Rot is decay of the fiber due to moisture or improper storage & can
lead to fungus growth and decrease in plank strength NOT
ALLOWED
ACTION:
REMOVE PLANK FROM SERVICE

After completing all required visual inspection, the planks which are passed and meet the standard
requirements will be processed to proof load testing as a second step.

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II- Proof testing:
ANSI A10.8:2001

1. Each wood or metal plank shall be capable of supporting one person 250 lbs (113.5 kg) when the
plank is supported on a 10-foot span.

2. Proof load testing of the planks shall be carried out using a test load of 250 lbs (1113.5 kgs) and the
deflection at the center shall be measured.

3. The deflection at the center of wood or metal planks under design load shall not exceed the span/60.

Based on ANSI standard each plank should be proof tested as above.

III- Stamping.
After completion of inspection and proof testing of the wooden plans each plank should be stamped with the
following data:

Plank Manufacturer
Plank Grade
Proof Tested
Third-Party Logo or Name

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