If you are considering doing a job at height yourself, then hiring scaffolding may make doing the job yourself relatively cheap.
Have a look at the guide below to discover how you can safely build a scaffold tower.
1. Plan ahead
Ensure that you have all the required equipment in order to complete the scaffolding structure. It is important that if you notice that pieces are missing, do not proceed. It is not recommended to proceed without all parts as it is extremely dangerous. Put aside a bit of time to properly plan ahead. It will result in a safer job.
2. Prepare the area well
The foundations for the project are extremely important just like any construction job. Uneven ground is dangerous if scaffolding is erected upon it. Ensure that the ground below the scaffolding is as level as possible. The soil below, especially in wet weather, should be able to support scaffolding.
3. Ensure safety is a priority
As well as the obvious personal protective equipment like gloves, hard-hats and goggles; you should ALWAYS ensure your structure is a safe as possible at all times and never cut corners. Ladders should be used and furnished for every level completed, as well as handrails, toe-boards, and access gates. Failing to do so puts you and your fellow workers at great danger.
4. Use boarding at all times
Boarding will not only make the structure safer; it makes working on the scaffold easier. Boards, or battens, can be used to store materials and provide a sound working platform. Make sure the boards you use fit as tightly together as possible so that the materials will not fall through cracks to lower scaffold levels during use. Any split, rotten, or damaged scaffold boards should be discarded and never used.
5. Inspect the scaffold before use
It’s important that whoever is responsible for the scaffold inspects it thoroughly before anyone is allowed to use it. A daily inspection log that is signed and dated each day should also be produced, covering things like erosion, undermining, and other deterioration, as well as damaged braces and supports. The condition of the scaffold planks, handrails, and toe boards should be closely examined, along with signs of damage or broken clamps, braces, or pins.
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