Issue Identification and Appraisal
Living in South East Asia has it advantages, but at times some issue raises it’s self that is against what we ‘know’ in the west. Recently, we decided to do some renovations at our old house and one of the tasks was repainting the inside and outside. While the inside is a relatively easy task, the outside presented a challenge to the local painters as the eaves height is around 5 meters. Our local tradesman (two ‘reputable’ painters) determined that their mode of access was to be ladders. Immediately, I advised this was unacceptable and unsafe, and they should consider alternatives i.e. scaffolding and to go away and provide quotes covering a safe option.
Feasible Alternatives & Analysis
Both painters returned, providing similar strategies; use Bamboo scaffolding. Tasking myself to research more as I was accustomed to steel scaffolding that every job site I had ever worked in used. The feasible alternatives were ‘Bamboo’ or ‘Steel’. Further research revealed that bamboo had two types, traditional all bamboo or bamboo/metal mix, but it was not as common. SEAsia and China has many codes, installation and safety procedures written around this material.
Table 1 : Feasible Alternatives Analysis
The preferred alternative by both contractors was to utilize traditional bamboo scaffolding as opposed to ladders and online research indicated they had good reason for their strategy.
Monitoring Post Evaluation Performance
The work is now complete, however during the work the successful contractor had to perform the following:
- Daily scaffolding check, ensuring all joints were tightly bound, and all poles damage free.
- Daily All wooden walk boards checked
- When moved to different location, construction was checked against installation standards to ensure correct methods employed
In future, I will be more receptive to use of this material if the contractor demonstrates he can work in a safe manner.
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- Bamboo or no Bamboo? | United Hoisting & Scaffolding Corp. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://unitedhoisting.com/2012/01/bamboo-or-no-bamboo/
- Hong Kong Buildings Department. (n.d.). Guidelines on the design and construction of bamboo scaffolds. Retrieved from http://www.bd.gov.hk/english/documents/code/GDCBS.pdf
- Occupational Safety and Health Branch Labour Department. (2014). Code of practice for bamboo. Retrieved from http://www.labour.gov.hk/eng/public/os/B/Bamboo.pdf