BRACE Introduces Power Transmission Pole
Scaffolding Solution at ICUEE 2019


Record-setting electricity needs are placing more demands on the electricity supply chain than ever before. With more than 580,000 km of transmission lines in the U.S. bulk electric system, transmission pole construction, warranty inspections and repair projects present a myriad of challenges for operators, including aging steel structures remaining in service, corrosion issues, damage caused by harsh climate conditions, and other challenges that further complicate construction and maintenance of the grid.

BRACE Industrial Group is ready to shed some light on increasing efficiencies and cost savings for utility contractors and maintenance firms involved in large power line projects. BRACE showcased its new transmission pole scaffolding system at ICUEE, held October 1-3 in Louisville, Kentucky.

Based on a “less is more” concept, the new BRACE modular scaffolding system delivers quicker, easier access to power transmission line poles to keep the work moving even under the tightest deadlines.

“Our advanced scaffolding solution is simpler and easier to handle compared with bringing in trucks and crane baskets, especially in hard-to-reach places like rural areas, where construction warranties on transmission poles require a firsthand physical inspection,” explains Danny Saenz, president of BRACE Integrated Services – Southwest. “This is a way to get inspections done quicker and cheaper.”

The cutting-edge scaffolding kit features self-locking ledgers and self-locking decking ensuring that decks are locked into place, secured against lifting and ensure a gapless fit to any geometry. In fact, the main components – standards, ledgers and decking – have a uniform length and width grid arrangement of 25 cm or 50 cm. About 15% lighter in weight than most traditional scaffolding materials, the decking can be flexibly installed in 2 directions without causing tripping hazards. Fewer workers are required to install and dismantle the system, which can help lower costs. Thus, complete kit units can be preassembled safely and quickly on the ground and then joined together to form larger scaffold units.
BRACE scaffolding can significantly reduce wind-out/weather delays and high costs associated with cranes. A stiff breeze (30 km/h or more) could shut down a crew for the day, resulting in costly downtime.

“Less time is required to repair easements and BRACE scaffolding supports auto-welding equipment at extreme heights,” noted Malachi Millard, operations director of Brace Integrated Services-Southwest. “Our crews can work ahead of the inspection and repair crews, which is not possible with a crane. We can get in and out in 2 days, which is a more expedited timeline than what a crane allows,” he added.

Source: BRACE Industrial Group

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