The Japanese Industrial Safety and Health Law was revised in March 2009 to introduce new measures concerning accidental falls in the construction industry. This revision mandates the use of guard rails, handrails, and other scaffold components. The wind load criteria and structural specifications of scaffolds are regulated by current design codes. Nevertheless, these provisions do not necessarily comply with the newly incorporated legal requirements because they apply to old-style scaffolds. This study examined the wind force on scaffolds by wind tunnel test, with baseboard height used as a parameter. The wind force coefficient of one story of scaffolds was calculated. Wind force coefficient increased as baseboard height increased. The wind force on the scaffolds equipped with baseboards is 9.2 times that on the scaffolds without baseboards. The baseboard must be greater than or equal to 15 cm to satisfy regulation requirements. The wind force coefficient of scaffolds with a 15 cm baseboard is 1.5 times that of the scaffolds without a baseboard. In scaffold design, baseboard height should be considered to guarantee a suitable wind force coefficient.
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