Pump Jacks Make Siding Installation Safer
Pump jacks make siding installation much safer and productive. One of our crews recently installed James HardiPlank Lap Siding on a three story addition for a private school with the assistance of pump jacks. You can buy pump jacks from most building supply companies and some online specialty stores.
As you can see in the photo above we were using the pump jacks to access a portion of the building that was 30 feet in the air. Two men can work comfortably from the long span OSHA approved plank system.
We often use the pump jacks for several tasks including:
Using Pump Jacks Safely
It’s important that pump jacks are used safely and in accordance with State and Federal safety regulations. If you’re new to pump jacks (or even ladder jacks) you may want to check out a publication that OSHA has prepared:
- Pump Jack/Ladder Jack Scaffold Photo Compliance Guide
Werner Ladder also published a useful summary of pump jack safety references:
The big key is being sure that you or your crew are using all the safety devices. Most pump jack systems come with safety netting, back scaffolding planks, etc to prevent falls and dropped equipment. It’s also VERY important to follow maximum working loads including people, tools and materials.
Using pump jacks has drastically improved our safety and production. Workers feel much more secure while being able to move about more freely. If you don’t use pump jacks you really should consider them. Some rental centers also rent them so that’s an option for home owners looking for a safer way to work on their homes.