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Erecting scaffolding requires extra care in extreme cold

Dan O'Reilly
Erecting scaffolding requires extra care in extreme cold
DAN O’REILLY — Crew members Chris Hall and Peter Ford discuss work conditions with Scafom Canada foreman Mike Romeiro (right).
Erecting scaffolding in subzero temperatures, such as the kind that locked most of the country in an iron grip earlier this winter, requires extra vigilance.

“We’re dealing with cold and ice and drizzle. On some days, it’s just too cold to work,” says Scafom Canada foreman and journeyman carpenter Mike Romeiro.

The design and layout of a scaffold varies according to project conditions and engineered drawings are required for suspended ones if they are going to be higher than 50 feet, or if demanded by the client, he says.

Dismantling them is no less challenging and has to be undertaken in the same systematic order, with the same emphasis on safety, says Romeiro.

 
 
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