Update from Committee Week - April 2020

The council discussed the preferred format for the Shoring Safety Checklist; the consensus was to have separate sections for technical, to be completed by a qualified person, and field, to be completed by a competent person. The chair and co-chair shared an update regarding the 2018 letter sent to the American Concrete Institute (ACI) about the eighth edition of the SP-4 Formwork for Concrete and the council’s concerns related to continuity and amplified loading. The matter has been tabled until the SAIA identifies a representative to attend the ACI meeting. The discussion then shifted to the proposed development of a Shoring Design Guide, which could encourage the safe use of scaffold in renovation projects or modification of existing buildings. The chair said that, with correct engineering and calculations, there are many times when scaffolding could be used as shoring for renovation projects. The co-chair noted that the council will work closely with the ANSI/SAIA A11 Main Committee as the guide is developed. The council reviewed and discussed the suggested table of contents. Other topics discussed included factors of safety on equipment platforms, fall protection for shoring, and the SSFI Committee. The session closed with an update on the progress of the shoring Code of Safe Practices, which are currently being translated into Spanish. Both English & Spanish versions should be available on the website soon.

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It is the mission of the SAIA Shoring Council to promote the safe use of shoring.


  1. Develop relationships with Industry agencies.

  2. Become the organization that represents the shoring industry.

  3. Projects/topics for the Shoring Council to work on:

  • Website

  • Create safety guidelines

  • Fall safety guidelines for erectors

  • Use of systems scaffolding for shoring

  • Use of light duty scaffolding for shoring

  • What problems/issues are associated with light duty shoring vs. heavy duty

  • Create inspection checklist

  • ATI

  • Hazard awareness training for shoring

  • Code of safe practice for vertical shoring


According to ANSI A10.9, shoring is "The vertical supporting members in a formwork system." However, shoring is so much more than this.

Shoring is a structural member or group of structural members supporting any temporary vertical or horizontal loading required to accomplish a construction or demolition project and includes the following:

  • scaffolding components,

  • pre-manufactured shoring frames,

  • steel,

  • aluminum,

  • timber, or

  • any other materials used for the specific purpose of providing temporary vertical or horizontal support.



Ron Camp
Atlas Sales Co., Inc.


Mitch Meadows
D.H. Charles Engineering, Inc.