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Old 13th December 2010
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Does anybody or any company think that they need assistance to deal with the varying quality and the safety of all the non-kitemarked scaffold boards in the system?
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Didn't know there were any, I thought everything had to be kite marked before going to the market here. Is this what happens when you buy your gear from China?
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The actual answer is unfortunately noted in safety alert dated 15 Feb "Scaffold Boards Failure" ( Scaffolding Safety Alerts ) It says ".....the board that failed in this instance would commonly be called a Grade A board because it did not have the British Standard Kitemark on the end plates. This garde of board is not subject to the requirements of BS2482 and therefore may never have been inspected for any potential strength defects".
70% of the boards in circulation are Grade A boards. - Quality Awareness training is available for this that want it - ask Woodexperts - we can help.
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very enlightening and intresting post mate,really didnt know any that info,thanks.
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Yes it's a misleading one that, grade A scaff boards are the cheap and nasty boards. Whereas you would think that grade A was the dog's boll**ks. Machine stress graded boards are the top of the tree
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We at Simian investigated 11 boards failures between January and April 2010, not one board was BS2482 all Grade A or Grade A rejects. On the band of the board you would see a kite mark as in a love heart symbol, BS 2482, Max Span, MG or VG as in machine or visually graded and lastly the graders licence number. Excellent until you cut it and reband.

In defence a board supplier has a machine that grades boards and they call them the Alpha board, not BS, not Grade A but in the middle, so it carries some kudos.
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all my years in the game and still learning new thinge every day,excellent info ill never look at a board the same thanks again for the info.
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Thumbs up looking at boards

A lot of the big Contractors ( and some of the smaller ones ) are realising that they need their scaffs to do just that i.e. " look at boards differently" so that they minimise the risk of staff being injured as a result of any of the poorer quality boards in the Grade A pile failing.
Please put any company in touch with us or give us their name as we offer training in how to recognise poor quality boards and those that may no longer achieve BS2482 criterea.

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A lot of the big Contractors ( and some of the smaller ones ) are realising that they need their scaffs to do just that i.e. " look at boards differently" so that they minimise the risk of staff being injured as a result of any of the poorer quality boards in the Grade A pile failing.
Please put any company in touch with us or give us their name as we offer training in how to recognise poor quality boards and those that may no longer achieve BS2482 criterea.

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Training in how to recognise poor quality boards could be well worth the investment, however, what measure would you recommend to mitigate against failure ?, you have already cited saftey alerts and Simian have provided credible Data citing the wide spread use of Grade A or below Boards. Perhaps a high Profile expose of the use of these non-compliant B.S. 2482 boards would give the buyer an informed choice ?. Do the manufacturers have a duty to inform the buyer of the substandard quality and stamp this information on the hooping irons ?. To mitigate against board failure, would it be prudent to reduce the transom centres and indicate the recommended centre size on the hooping irons ?.
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