The Japanese Industrial Safety and Health Law was revised in March 2009 to introduce new measures by which to prevent accidental falls in the construction industry. As part of this revision, regulations on the installation of guard rails, toe boards, mesh sheets, and other components in appropriate positions on scaffolds were established. When scaffolds are installed in construction sites, their resistance against wind force needs to be calculated. Japanese design guidelines stipulate a specific scaffold resistance against wind force, but such regulations are applicable to conventional scaffolds. The problem with outdated regulations is that scaffolds are used during building construction without practitioners knowing whether the existing guidelines are suitable for new-style scaffolds. Accordingly, this study was conducted a wind tunnel test to examine the wind force exerted on building scaffolds, with the parameters being baseboard height and distance between scaffolds and a building. The relationship between the wind force coefficient of the scaffolds and baseboard height was proportional only on the scaffolds. As the distance between the scaffolds and the building lengthened, however, the relationship between the parameters reflected a steeper curve as baseboard height increased. Whenever the scaffolds were set near the building, negative pressure acted on the scaffolds as a consequence of the downwind structure. This study was examined the correction factor of the wind force coefficient of the scaffolds.
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