September 2014

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HP Reliability: Consider suspended-access scaffolding

You may always have left scaffolding and access-to-work questions to an outside contractor to make the final decisions. But plant safety and timely work completion are everybody’s business. As a ..

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

You may always have left scaffolding and access-to-work questions to an outside contractor to make the final decisions. But plant safety and timely work completion are everybody’s business. As a reliability professional, safe and on-schedule work execution undoubtedly ranks high among your concerns. Indeed, properly selected access scaffolding can be critical to the success of emergency repairs, planned equipment turnarounds and field modifications. This fact should prompt us to ensure that owners and outside contractors are aware of suspended-access systems. There are many cases where the use of these systems, as illustrated in Fig. 1, will optimize or facilitate how equipment overhaul

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