Is It OK To Cut Laminated Scaffold Planks (OSHA Planks)?

3/23/2018 - 10:57:19 AM

This question comes from masons who are buying our discounted Laminated Scaffold Plank in order to meet OSHA regulations for safety in Bil Jax scaffold use.

Is It OK To Cut Laminated Scaffold Planks (OSHA Planks)?

It depends on whether you plan to cut them to length, or to width. Cutting them to length is not a problem since there is no special treatment of the end of these planks. Do use reasonable care in cutting and handling the planks to avoid having any separation of the lamination.

Now, about cutting them to width. Remember that you are permitted to have up to 9 1/2" of gap in the platform floor per this 2010 interpretation of  29 CFR ยง1926.451 ..............   https://www.osha.gov/laws-regs/standardinterpretations/2010-03-02-3.

So to answer the question. Since the laminated scaffold plank, called a 2x10, is actually 9 1/4" wide, to fill a 9 1/2" gap you would just add one more. At 9 1/2" or less you can ignore the gap.

If the gap is over 9 1/2 ".......................add a plank

If the gap is too small to add a 9 1/4" plank you can ignore it. 

So the answer is no, do not cut Laminated Scaffold Plank to width since there is no need to. And if the result is a weakened portion of the deck you are creating a hazard.

 

 

 

 

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