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Smart, safe scaffolding.
Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, R43-OH-03010, 1993 Jan; :1-:25
The detection of potentially dangerous changes in load distribution of construction shoring and scaffolding was investigated. An instrumented smart shoring system was developed and its ability to provide load distribution information for construction site engineers was determined. The system was based around the use of four load cells placed on various structurally important load bearing support members of shoring configurations. Laboratory experiments were followed by evaluation of the system's performance at a courthouse under construction in Burlington, Vermont. Instrumentation was placed at the site, with the concrete pour occurring on the following day. Load data were obtained before, during and after the pour. Data gathered during these trials indicated that the smart shoring system can monitor real time loads on shoring members as well as provide necessary information to notify workers and supervisors of potentially hazardous shoring failure mechanisms.
NIOSH-Grant; Control-technology; Safety-research; Accident-prevention; Construction-industry; Construction-workers
VT Sensing RD 2, Box 978 Underhill, VT 05489
Final Grant Report
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
VT Sensing, Underhill, Vermont
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