It is very important for any job that the safest equipment is being used. When working at height, the safest equipment to is a are scaffold tower. They are used worldwide for jobs that require elevation several feet from the ground. A scaffold tower allows workers to build or carry out repairs on sections of buildings that are too far off the ground to reach safely by ladder.
Scaffold Towers Also Help To:
- Carry out repair work on a roof.
- Paint the side of a house.
- Clean windows at a height.
What Is Scaffolding?
Scaffolding is simply a structure made from metal poles and planks that is held together by couplers and other attaching devices. Most scaffolding is made from steel/aluminum and wood products. The framework itself is generally composed of metal and the platforms and planks are wood. Some scaffolds are fixed while others are mobile.
- A mobile scaffold tower is freestanding and can be moved about by its casters and wheels which are placed on the bottom of its poles. It doesn’t have to be disassembled and reassembled each time that it is moved. This makes it preferable when you need to do work over a large area. This type of scaffolding, however, can prove to be dangerous if its wheels aren’t locked properly once it is in place.
- Fixed scaffolds are built, in place, right next to your building or home.
- Putlog fixed scaffolding has uprights placed against its outer edge and is supported against the adjacent structure. Independent fixed scaffolding has uprights on both sides of its platforms and doesn’t use the adjacent structure for support.
- Suspended scaffolding is used mostly on high-rise buildings for window washing purposes. The scaffolding is basically just a platform that can be raised up and down the structure as needed. This type of non-towering scaffolding is commonly used today.
Scaffold towers are a great way to do construction and repair work on your home/commercial project as long as you are careful when selecting the type of scaffold you want. Be sure to find out warranty information before you buy. Also, inquire about safety precautions and installation instructions.