How to Erect Scaffolding Safely

If you need to use scaffold towers as part of your home improvement project, it is recommended to adhere to the HSE guidelines as if working on a site. Working safely with scaffold towers is both a legal requirement as well as a critical way of avoiding nasty accidents. Before undertaking work on scaffold towers, The Work at Height Regulations require that an assessment is carried out. This assessment should confirm that there is no alternative to working at height and that the most suitable equipment has been selected for the job in hand.

When erecting scaffold towers, the workers need to be aware that aluminum and the thin-wall steel towers are relatively light and can overturn easily with incorrect use. All parts must be in their correct place to ensure the required core strength. If sections are left out there is a good chance that the towers can collapse.

There are two approved methods which are recommended by the Prefabricated Access Suppliers’ and Manufacturers’ Association, which have been developed in conjunction with the Health and Safety Executive. However, all manufacturers also have the duty to provide the instruction manual which explains the erection sequence and this should include any bracing requirements. The same applies to any organisations which hire the towers.

  1. Advance guard rail system make use of guard rail units which are specifically designed for the job. These guard rail units are locked in place form the level below and moved up onto the platform level. They provide collective fall prevention and are put in place before the operator accesses the platform in order to fit the permanent guard rails. It is the progressive erection of guard rails from the protected areas at the lower level which makes sure that the operator will not be exposed to the risk of falling from an un-guarded platform.
  2. “Through the trap” method involves the operator taking up a working position in the trap door of the platform. From this position he can add or remove the components which are acting as guard rails on the level above the platform. This method is designed to make sure that the operator does not stand on an un-guarded platform, yet can install the components to a particular level while he is positioned within the trap door of that level.

All operators must be trained in the health and safety aspects of ensuring that the scaffold towers are stable. They must also be fully trained in the use of the towers, as well as knowing about moving the towers. Before use, the scaffold towers must always be inspected by a competent person. Additionally extra safety precautions need to be taken when the work is being carried out in a public place. Finally all operators should be trained in the dismantling of towers.

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Evaluation of Scaffolding Quality

Scaffolding is an integral part of construction works and many other activities that require a person or a material to be elevated from the ground.

While there is a lot of scaffolding available for purchase, it is not a guarantee that you will find models with the best quality. Before you spend your hard-earned money for it, you should know how to check its quality.

 

How to Evaluate the Quality of Scaffolding

1. Check the steel type
The toughest scaffold towers are made of platinum or aluminium steels. Between the two, platinum-made models are tougher; however, scaffolding made from such materials are generally expensive due to the higher value and availability of the main component (platinum).

Aluminium-steel scaffolding is not far from platinum models in terms of durability. This type of scaffolding is more affordable. Do not mislead yourself from aluminum scaffolding from stainless-steel made varieties as they might look exactly alike, especially when they are both new. Both materials are not prone to rust for a long span of time but the disadvantage of stainless-steel scaffolding is that its steel is relatively softer than the aluminum.

2. Purchase from reputable sellers
The best way to find top quality scaffolding for sale is to consider those sellers that have long been known for excellence in the industry. Such product providers cannot afford to lose the credibility of their good name by selling low quality scaffolding. For this reason you have the assurance that you are only dealing with reliable merchants. Of course, it would be better if you will find a product seller that has both experience and good name. This proves how reliable they can be.

If there is a bit of a drawback that such move has, it is that prices of scaffolding items might come a little higher. This is due to the fact that the materials to make a top quality item also do not come cheaply. Well, it is better to spend a few euros more than to put the safety of the user at risk.

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An Insight Into Mobile Scaffold Towers

When a job has to be conducted at height, scaffold towers are a very popular access solution used globally. A scaffold tower is equipment that allows workers to build or repair things that are too far off the ground to reach safely by ladder.

Among Plenty of Other Things, They Help People To:

  1. Carry out repair work on a roof.
  2. Paint the side of a house.
  3. Clean windows at a height.

At Alloy Access, you can either buy your own scaffolding or rent it.

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.

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Choosing the Right Mobile Scaffold Tower for the Job

One of the most common causes of fatalities among workers is falling from height. As a matter of fact, PASMA, a premiere scaffold towers trade association released a statistical research revealing that almost one-thirds of fatally injured workers fell from significantly high location. Aside from reliable safety harness and suspension cables, mobile scaffold towers are among the most essential tools for people working on elevated locations. The question however is ‘how do you choose the right mobile scaffold towers’? If you have been asking this question too, you have found the right page for answers. Go over this entire page and be enlightened.

Here are some important considerations you should know to find the right mobile scaffold towers:

Always go for QC passed models
These days, there are a lot of such tools out there. Finding the right one can be very confusing. The easiest way to do this is by checking if there is a seal somewhere on the equipment indicating that it has passed all quality standards set by the law and the industry itself. In doing this however, do not forget that there can be a lot of brand imitations. Yo should know the authentic seal, which you should have learned if you conducted research about it.

Conduct Good Research
This step is not as difficult as you think it is. The internet is there to provide you with reliable information about how genuine ‘QC passed’ seal should look like. It may even give you specific details on how you will be able to distinguish mediocre-quality scaffold towers from the one with the finest qualities.

Read online reviews
Online reviews have long been helping consumers when it comes to having the assurance that they are not spending their hard-earned money on a product with poor quality. If you are in search of premium quality mobile scaffold towers or the equipment’s most reliable providers, online reviews can help you a lot. With the help of reviews, you would know if the promise of excellence and reliability by a product provider is really true.

You will know about the pros and cons that the equipment may offer. In addition to that, you will also gain insights from the actual experiences of real users. They may also be extremely generous to direct you to the best product providers.

If you will do this however, be sure that you are browsing a review page that is not paid by the product provider; otherwise, you will not obtain honest reviews.

Purchase from reputable product providers
Check the credibility of the store where you plan to purchase the equipment. It must be one that has been known for consistent excellence in the industry. You may also ask for its previous and existing clients regarding the quality of their products. This way, you’ll know if they’ve been consistently reliable.

Safety of workers should always be a top priority. If you are working on elevated locations be sure that you are using the right mobile scaffold towers.

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Mobile Scaffolding – Your Ultimate Guide

Mobile scaffolding structures are a type of supported scaffold equipped with wheels or casters. The design of mobile scaffolds is meant to optimize freedom of movement. The major uses of mobile scaffolding include jobs where the worker is required to move frequently. Their adjustable nature, ease of dismantlement, and light weight structure help them expedite work.

Mobile scaffolding is suitable for painting big houses and structures, plastering, tiling, emergency repairs, theatrical performances using harnesses, mobile stairways for aircraft, foundry work, railway station repairs, and of course, normal building sites.

Besides the convenience of mobility in any direction, mobile scaffolding provides the added benefit of increasing tower height without much effort by adding a scaffold section to an existing tower.

There are a few safety measures to keep in mind during the assemblage and use of mobile scaffolding:

  • The use of cross, horizontal and diagonal braces to provide a rigid structure is important.
  • The scaffold should be (mandatory) level and squared.
  • Platforms should not extend outward beyond the base supports of the scaffold unless outriggers or similar stabilizing devices are in use.
  • When moving the scaffold, workers should not be riding it. Furthermore, if manual force is being used to move the scaffold, it should be applied as close to the base support as possible, but not more than five feet above the supporting surface.

How to choose the right mobile scaffold

  • Choose a manufacturer with a good reputation and a technologically superior manufacturing process. Robot welding and laser cutting are your best bet for high quality components.
  • Adjustable scaffolds with wheels can be quite expensive, so if you’re buying them, make sure your investment is worth it. Invest in a strong, durable material like steel rather than a shorter-lived one like aluminium. While steel is heavier, it maximizes a worker’s safety.
  • Ensure that your scaffolding comes with a warranty so that you aren’t burdened with a flawed product.
  • Scaffold towers with chassis beams will allow workers to simply release a break and relocate their scaffold. These provide convenience in terms of mobility, so chassis beams are a feature to look out for.
  • New ranges of mobile scaffolding offer foldaway options that can fit into small spaces and optimize ease of assembly, and stability. You could be ready to roll in a jiffy.
  • Depending on your requirements, some companies will customize your components for increased productivity. Contact your dealer to ask if they can make you a specialized scaffold.

When not to use mobile Scaffolding
It’s crucial to keep in mind that mobile scaffolding structures have certain shortcomings in terms of suitability to environments.

Using a mobile scaffolding structure in the following areas is not advisable in the following situations:

  • In areas where the ground is unstable or uneven, for example, above mines and on floodplains. Unless you want to re-enact Jack and Jill going down the hill, best stay away from slopes as well.
  • In landslide-prone regions of high altitude or mudslide prone regions in river basins.
  • At building heights of above 15 meters.
  • Wherever they will prohibit access to the inside of a building requiring convenient passage, especially in front of emergency escape routes.

Other than this, contractors should keep in mind that fiberglass scaffolding towers are essential for safety when dealing with electronic equipment atop scaffolding. It is a great idea to buy an aluminum mobile scaffold as they last longer and are sturdier. If you have any further question then make sure you give Alloy Access a call!

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The Scaffolding Guide

Regardless if you are under contract to build a 10-story apartment block or you are doing a small extension or house renovation, it is very important that you would have a basic knowledgeable about scaffolding. Scaffolding’s are structures that are temporarily erected for repair, construction or decoration of commercial buildings or homes.

Not only is it important to buy or rent the correct type of scaffolding for your particular type of job to make sure the project gets done properly, but you also want to ensure the safety of the people who will be working in and around the site. It is estimated that 65% of those employed in the construction industry frequently work on scaffolds. Therefore, it should not be surprising that some of the most common accidents on work sites involve injuries incurred on or related to scaffolds.

Scaffolds are erected of easily assembled structures of steel or timber. On these frameworks, working platforms are placed for easy accessibility to high elevations of a building or other structure under construction or repair. There are two primary categories of scaffolding, fixed and mobile.

Fixed Scaffolds
Fixed scaffolds are constructed alongside a building and can be either independent or putlog. The independent scaffold has standards or uprights on both sides of its working platforms. This allows the independent scaffold to remain upright without support from the building under construction or repair.

The putlog scaffold has standards or uprights along its outer edges, but its inner side is supported by the structure or building itself. Putlogs have flattened ends that are placed between courses of brickwork in the building or edifice to add support. The putlogs are used to support a working platform. Independent scaffolds should also be secured or tied to the structure under repair or construction at various intervals to lend support to its overall stability.

Mobile Scaffolds
A mobile scaffold is a type of freestanding independent scaffold. It is mounted on castors or wheels that swivel and allow the scaffold to be easily moved from location to location.

Suspended or Swingstage Scaffold
A suspended or swingstage scaffold has a platform that can be raised or lowered. An example of a suspended scaffold are those commonly used as a means to wash the outer windows on highrises.

Hanging Bracket Scaffold
Hanging bracket scaffolds may have horizontal structures that are supported by the floors of the building or other edifice under construction or repair. These scaffolds should be designed by an engineer and include load testing and other safety measures.

Before purchasing or renting a particular scaffold, you must determine the scope of the project including your particular situation, budget, and needs. You must first know what function you want your scaffold to achieve. Does your project consist of a single story building or will it have multiple levels? What is the design of the building or other structure under construction or repair? How long do you project that you will need the scaffolding? What is your estimated budget? Once you have answered these questions, you can best determine the scaffolding that is best suited for your needs within your budget.

When estimating your budget on scaffolding, make sure not to put price before safety. Skimping on price can be costly both economically and emotionally if there were to be an injury or death due to improper or faulty scaffolding. A few Internet sites that both sell and rent scaffolding have estimator tools. These tools enable you to design the scaffolding for your particular needs and project and then tell you what would be needed for your design.

Once you determine the type of scaffolding that would best meet your needs, you should then turn your attention to selection. There are stores and Internet sites that sell and rent scaffolding and others that sell both new and used scaffolding. Factory direct outlets sell only new or used products they manufacture. Other stores or Internet sites are basically dealers and sell and rent a large selection of scaffolding from numerous manufacturers. By doing some comparative shopping, you would be able to find the best deal on pricing and components for your scaffolding needs.

It is also important to review the guarantee and return policies of both manufacturers and dealers of scaffolding.

Questions that should be answered are:

  • What does the guarantee or warranty cover?
  • How will the scaffolding be repaired within the warranty period and after?
  • What is the compensation awarded if something were to go wrong or faulty components sold?

If you were currently looking to acquire scaffolding for a big or small construction or repair project, knowing what type of scaffolding needed is paramount. This not only insures that your project would be completed properly with minimal hassles and difficulties, but would also insure the safety of those on the work site.

Once you have determined the particular scaffold that would best meet your needs, you could then turn your attention to pricing and selection. By taking the time to do some comparative shopping, you would not only find the best scaffolding for your project at the most reasonable price, but you could possibly ward off potential problems such as faulty components or useless or worse yet, no guarantees on the rented or purchased scaffolding.

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Safety With Scaffolding

When working with scaffolding it is very important to adhere to a set of robust safety standards. This is to ensure that on-site injuries are minimized and hopefully avoided all together.

To explain, the primary elements of basic scaffolds are: – Ledgers, Standards and Transoms.

Standards are perpendicular tubes which are used to relocate the entire weight of the structure to the floor where the scaffold rests. These kinds of Scaffolds are also called uprights. Ledgers are flat poles used to connect between standards. Transoms are always kept in the way which makes the right angle with the ledgers. It is an ordinary practice to place main transoms next to the standards to grasp the standards in place and to supply extra support to the boards. Main transoms will be associated by transitional transoms to supply extra support to the boards over and above the scaffolding.

Safety measures to adhere to when using scaffolding:

When moving towers, care must always be taken to ensure that the tower will remain upright. Particular concern must be taken when moving the scaffolding tower over a rough surface, as this may cause it to fall. No equipment should be left on the scaffolding platform at the same time as you are moving it. If the equipment falls it could damage or harm someone standing beneath, and the weight of the equipment could also make the scaffolding less powerful.

The tower should always be tied to the building in dubious weather conditions. Acute concern should be taken when there are high winds, as this could cause the scaffolding to move and bend. If the tower is not tall enough for its purpose, rather erect a taller structure of scaffolding. Inserting boxes or a ladder or any heavy equipment on top of scaffolding to gain extra height is very dangerous.

When scaffolding is upright, be it for industrial use or residential, the size and shape of the building must be taken into deliberation. A trained contractor who specializes in scaffolding is always ideal, because they will be able to decide accurately what size of scaffolding. They will draw up a scaffolding construction and installation plan that is customized for your building necessities.

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Tips for Scaffolding Safety

Scaffolding is a great way to gain easy access in many applications. From a small extension project to multi-story skyscrapers scaffolding help to get the job done. However, there are dangers when working with scaffolding not least of all falls.

Whether it is a stationary scaffold or a mobile scaffold, chances of accident are always there. Remember, falls from high places typically result in serious injuries and it is of critical importance to follow safety standards, irrespective of the type of scaffolding that you are using. So the good news is that falls from scaffolds can be avoided if a few important safety tips were to be followed.

The first and most important tip that anyone could give is to have a competent authority to take care of the scaffolding on the site. This supervisor should be the person who should oversee all the scaffold erection. Reputable scaffolding suppliers will also offer additional services such as assistance in scaffolding erection. However, there should be a trained supervisor who should always be available to deal with any scaffolding issue.

It goes without saying that it is extremely important to follow the manufacturer’s instructions whenever scaffolding are being erected. If you have any doubts, do call up your supplier or the manufacturer’s representative and get them clarified. Remember, there is nothing wrong in seeking help.

It is important that to ensure that no one works on the scaffolds, whether it is a stationary scaffold or a mobile scaffold during stormy weather. Most of the accidents involving fall from heights usually happen during windy weather. The safety supervisor on site should ensure that the scaffolds are a “no go” zone during such weather.

Before anyone climbs on to a scaffold, it should be checked whether they are leaning to one side or wobbly. It should be made mandatory for all to do this check before they use any of the scaffolds. This will ensure a drastic reduction in the number of workplace accidents.

Under no circumstances should the mistake of using concrete blocks or loose bricks for supporting scaffolding be made. Remember, if the manufacturer says that there is foundation required for scaffolding, especially if it were to be erected on a hard surface, then it is in your best interests to go by the recommendation and at all costs avoid shortcuts.

In case of the use of mobile scaffolding, make sure that you chock the wheels. This will prevent the mobile scaffold from rolling. Remember, aluminum scaffolding is extremely light and there are chances of the scaffold rolling. It is therefore important that you check whether the wheels have been locked.

Finally, it is also important that you do not move the mobile scaffold if someone is working on them. Most of the fall accidents involving scaffolding happen due to this mistake.

In this article we have addressed a few different components in order to better understand scaffold safety procedures. By incorporating a good safety routine and awareness you will be in a better position of keeping yourself and workers safe.

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Get The Job Done With Scaffolding

What type of scaffolding best provides reliable support for the workers is largely dependent on the task at hand. There are many different types of scaffolding to choose from.

Scaffolds provide reliable support for workers while they perform tasks much higher than the ground level. They can be non-moving support structures that remain in place unless they are disassembled for moving and set up in a different location. Another type of scaffolding features are wheels or rollers that allow the scaffold to move in a particular area without the need for workers to dismantle the scaffold. The cables are used to help scaffold the slide deck from front to rear or raise and lower the scaffolding to move to a new spot. They also have locking mechanisms to keep the scaffolding safely in place after it has been moved to the desired location.

The scaffolds are made from different types of materials. Aluminum is a very popular material in many scaffolding because it is a solid material that weighs less than most other materials used in construction scaffolding. The lighter weight of aluminum scaffolding makes it easier to transport than scaffolds using heavier materials. Safety is a priority on any job, and sometimes a more heavy scaffold is a more appropriate choice for a specific job. If you are unsure about which type of scaffold is the safest and best choice for the work you do, ask a specialist in scaffolding for their recommendation on the type of scaffolding that they would choose for the task.

H-frame, light and versatile are three varieties that scaffolds can be found under. Scaffolding consists of several parts and when securely fastened together, creates an area of support for workers to perform tasks safely, even at very high above the ground. It is very important that scaffolds are properly maintained and inspected regularly to ensure it still works correctly to ensure worker safety.

Employers are required to provide workers a safe environment in which to perform tasks. This includes the provision of equipment that offers protection against accidents and serious injuries. Providing workers with the strong support of quality scaffolding for managing the demands of the task, gets the job done and protect the workers at the same time. Internet use and other resources such as talking to scaffolding experts to learn more about the different types of scaffolding that is available will help you in choosing the scaffolding that is most appropriate for the work you and your staff do. For additional security benefits, it is strongly recommended that you and your workers also complete a training course scaffold in the safe and proper use of scaffold.

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When to Use Scaffolding

Scaffolding is a tool not an option. Like many other tools, scaffolding is designed with a specific purpose in mind. Also, like a tool, knowing when and how to use scaffolding a must. Fear not, we’re here to clue you in a bit.

Scaffolding is generally used when a ladder is not practical or comfortable to use. Knowing when these times are is probably the first most important step in the process. Ask yourself these three questions; Will you be moving a lot of heavy material up and down? If you use a ladder will you have to move it several times an hour? Is the job such that you will be uncomfortable on a ladder? If the answer to any of these three questions is yes, then you better start thinking scaffolding.

There are options with scaffolding that most people are not aware of. For example when painting a room or remodeling one, use of a single scaffold with wheels is perfect for doing ceiling work. You can relax and work on your back rather than straining or risking a nasty fall by trying to bend over backwards (literally).

When doing outdoor masonry work or anything that requires a lot of going up and down a ladder, having a scaffold serves two purposes; it gets you where you need to be as you need to be there and provides a platform for tools and materials keeping you from climbing up and down as much. Not having to climb as much helps keep you safe and a little less tired at the end of the day.

Setting up scaffolding is pretty simple and nearly a two person job. Making sure that your scaffold is level and on a firm footing is the first step to safety. Proper assembly is the second. If you are not sure how to assemble the scaffolding, get some help. Improperly assembled scaffolding will leave you wishing you had asked a few questions when it crashes. Third and just as important, inspect the scaffold before every single use, not just as you assemble it. Often scaffolding left overnight can settle or unreported chips in the planks can occur weakening them.

Finding scaffolding is as easy as finding a phone book. Most lumber yards and home improvement stores will rent or lease scaffolding to the one or two time user at a fair price. Again, inspect the scaffolding as it’s unloaded to make sure you are not renting damaged goods. If you find something that is damaged, don’t assume that it will be fine because it was delivered; get a new piece.

If you are business owner thinking about scaffolding on a permanent basis, you can buy scaffolding towers. Scaffolding owned by you assures that your workforce will have an intimate knowledge of the scaffolding and become very familiar with it. This has an advantage over leasing a different style from job to job and watching your workforce try to figure out how to put it together every few weeks.

Scaffolding has its place on the construction site and even in home improvement. Again, knowing where and when to use scaffolding is a win-win for everyone. Keep it safe and know what you are getting yourself into before you get started will help you perform your job much more effectively.

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How To Scaffold Your Home, Simply and Safely!

Sometimes, ladders just aren’t up to the job! If you are working alone, it is impossible to ensure your safety whilst perched precariously at the top of a narrow ladder. Do not despair; there is another, safer, option – the scaffolding system. As well as being more stable, you will have a wide platform from which to work from. It will save time and also enable you to do a better job. If you thought scaffolding was strictly for large buildings and construction sites, think again!

Where To Start

You can either buy or rent a scaffolding system.

How High?

You should measure the height of the area that you need to work on, use a reliable measuring system, and speak to the experts where you bought or hired the scaffolding from. You will need to calculate how many frames you need. A scaffolding frame is about five feet wide and five feet tall. Also remember that your platform needs to be about five or six feet below the area you are working on.

Assembly Time

So you’ve spoken to the experts and they have advised you of the correct scaffolding equipment. So what next? Firstly, you will need to assemble the base parts; this is achieved by placing two end frames together and connecting them with the correct screws. Ensure the base is rested on a solid surface, preferably wooden pads or concrete if available. After the base is assembled you can start on the planks and handrails.

Don’t Scrimp!

Do not be tempted to use some old planks you had lying around in the garden shed; you need strengthened wood for this job. You will risk a serious accident if you try to cut corners – be warned. You should also install guard rails to avoid a nasty fall, although you shouldn’t require them on the area that is facing the building.

Look Out!

A real danger when working on scaffolding is the possibility of falling objects, and the safety of people beneath them. You can avoid this by placing boards underneath the platform. These will catch any tools that become wayward.

Other Tips

Your scaffolding tower has been erected, with the help of a few friends, and now you are ready to start the work. Or are you? Here are a few extra ways to ensure your experience is a safe one:

• Construct a workstation – this allows you work extra hours without needing to climb down.
• Always lock the casters before you start to climb up the tower.
• Look out for any overhead wires nearby, they may be live electrical conductors.
• Take regular breaks, especially if you are working alone.
• Use a bucket to hoist required materials up into the workstation.
• Finally, if the job becomes too much, do not be afraid to call in the professionals!

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Scaffold Tower Facts

Scaffold towers are used all over the world to get the job done in high places. They are unique pieces of equipment that allow people to build or repair things that are too far off the ground to reach safely by ladder. Among other things, they help people carry out work such as roof repair. You can either buy your own scaffolding or rent it, whichever works out best for you.

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 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.

Mobile scaffolding 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.

Another common type of scaffolding is suspended and 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 wonderful ways to do construction and repair work on your home 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 and make sure that the company you choose has an excellent customer service department.

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How to Erect Scaffold Towers Safely

If you need to use scaffold towers as part of your home improvement project, it is recommended to adhere to the HSE guidelines as if working on a site. Working safely with scaffold towers is both a legal requirement as well as a critical way of avoiding nasty accidents. Before undertaking work on scaffold towers, The Work at Height Regulations require that an assessment is carried out. This assessment should confirm that there is no alternative to working at height and that the most suitable equipment has been selected for the job in hand.

Scaffold towers are, when used correctly, a safe means of gaining access to work which is being done at height. They are used widely throughout Ireland. Where incidents can occur is when there has been inappropriate erection or the misuse of the scaffold towers. Numerous accidents occur because of these reasons but with the correct health and safety practices these are being lowered and can be prevented.

When erecting scaffold towers, the workers need to be aware that aluminum and the thin-wall steel towers are relatively light and can overturn easily with incorrect use. All parts must be in their correct place to ensure the required core strength. If sections are left out there is a good chance that the towers can collapse.

There are two approved methods which are recommended by the Prefabricated Access Suppliers’ and Manufacturers’ Association, which have been developed in conjunction with the Health and Safety Executive. However, all manufacturers also have the duty to provide the instruction manual which explains the erection sequence and this should include any bracing requirements. The same applies to any organisations which hire the towers.

The first approved method is an advance guard rail system, which makes use of guard rail units which are specifically designed for the job. These guard rail units are locked in place form the level below and moved up onto the platform level. They provide collective fall prevention and are put in place before the operator accesses the platform in order to fit the permanent guard rails. It is the progressive erection of guard rails from the protected areas at the lower level which makes sure that the operator will not be exposed to the risk of falling from an un-guarded platform.

The second approved method of erection is the “through the trap” method. It involves the operator taking up a working position in the trap door of the platform. From this position he can add or remove the components which are acting as guard rails on the level above the platform. This method is designed to make sure that the operator does not stand on an un-guarded platform, yet can install the components to a particular level while he is positioned within the trap door of that level.

All operators must be trained in the health and safety aspects of ensuring that the scaffold towers are stable. They must also be fully trained in the use of the towers, as well as knowing about moving the towers. Before use, the scaffold towers must always be inspected by a competent person. Additionally extra safety precautions need to be taken when the work is being carried out in a public place. Finally all operators should be trained in the dismantling of towers.

For more information, contact Alloy Access.

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Why Use a Scaffold Tower Instead of a Step Ladder?

Scaffolding towers have become very popular pieces of DIY equipment. All over the web you can see them advertised and hire companies are promoting them massively. Why have they become so popular and why can’t you just use a step ladder?

It is fair to say that many tasks that you can do in a scaffold tower – particularly the towers aimed at the DIY market – could be carried out on a step ladder so why should you bother with going to the hassle of setting up a scaffold tower? Here are just two situations where a scaffold tower is a much better option than a ladder:

Uneven Ground

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Using a step ladder safely on uneven ground is next to impossible – if you’re using it outside and the land slopes away from your property there is no way that you are going to be able to use a step ladder. However, you can get scaffold towers that have adjustable legs which allow up to 18″ of adjustment. Having this amount of adjustment means that you can safely set up the tower so that the platform you are working from is horizontal. Conversely to this I have never seen a ladder that has adjustable legs.

 

 

 

 

Trimming the top of a long tall hedge

hedgetrim3Trimming a hedge can be a painful exercise – you set up your ladder, put the secateurs in your pocket, cling on to the shears and climb up to the top of the ladder and then precariously lean to trim your hedge in to shape. The reality of this method is that you can only safely trim within a 3′ radius of the ladder – which is probably about a minutes work, after this you’re back down the ladder (with the tools), moving it along the length of the hedge and the process begins again…back up the ladder… Even basic scaffolding towers have a platform length of about 5′ so this give an obvious advantage straight away over using a step ladder – one climb up the scaffolding tower and you can easily trim 11′ of hedge. You can leave your tools at the top whilst you climb down and push the tower along the length of the hedge.

You may argue in both of these situations that it seems like a lot of effort to go to to setup a scaffold tower to trim a hedge or clear out some guttering. The reality is though that these scaffold towers come in kits that are so easy to assemble that the time it takes you to put the tower together will be far less than the time taken to go up and down a ladder 50 times.

Contact Alloy Access for more information on scaffolding towers.

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Why Use a Scaffold Tower Instead of a Step Ladder?

Scaffolding towers have become very popular pieces of DIY equipment. All over the web you can see them advertised and hire companies are promoting them massively. Why have they become so popular and why can’t you just use a step ladder?

It is fair to say that many tasks that you can do in a scaffold tower – particularly the towers aimed at the DIY market – could be carried out on a step ladder so why should you bother with going to the hassle of setting up a scaffold tower? Here are just two situations where a scaffold tower is a much better option than a ladder:

 

Uneven Ground

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Using a step ladder safely on uneven ground is next to impossible – if you’re using it outside and the land slopes away from your property there is no way that you are going to be able to use a step ladder. However, you can get scaffold towers that have adjustable legs which allow up to 18″ of adjustment. Having this amount of adjustment means that you can safely set up the tower so that the platform you are working from is horizontal. Conversely to this I have never seen a ladder that has adjustable legs.

 

 

 

Trimming the top of a long tall hedge

hedgetrim3Trimming a hedge can be a painful exercise – you set up your ladder, put the secateurs in your pocket, cling on to the shears and climb up to the top of the ladder and then precariously lean to trim your hedge in to shape. The reality of this method is that you can only safely trim within a 3′ radius of the ladder – which is probably about a minutes work, after this you’re back down the ladder (with the tools), moving it along the length of the hedge and the process begins again…back up the ladder… Even basic scaffolding towers have a platform length of about 5′ so this give an obvious advantage straight away over using a step ladder – one climb up the scaffolding tower and you can easily trim 11′ of hedge. You can leave your tools at the top whilst you climb down and push the tower along the length of the hedge.

 

You may argue in both of these situations that it seems like a lot of effort to go to to setup a scaffold tower to trim a hedge or clear out some guttering. The reality is though that these scaffold towers come in kits that are so easy to assemble that the time it takes you to put the tower together will be far less than the time taken to go up and down a ladder 50 times.

 

Contact Alloy Access for more information on scaffolding towers.

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Scaffolding Types Explained

A putlog scaffold consists of a single row of standards, parallel to the face of the building and set as far away from it as is necessary to accommodate a platform of four or five boards wide, with the inner edge of the platform as close to the wall as is practicable.

The standards are connected by a ledger fixed with right angle couplers and the putlogs are fixed to the ledgers using putlog couplers. The blade end of the putlog tube (or putlog adaptor) is normally placed horizontally on the brickwork being built, taking care to use the maximum bearing area.

A putlog scaffolding differs from traditional independent-scaffolding as it is actually tied into the building bricks using ‘putlogs’ (or tubes) and putlog adapters. Step Scaffolding offers design and traditional putlog scaffolding for private and commercial requirements. All our scaffolders are highly trained and fully qualified and comply with all Government standards.

Where a putlog is required for an intermediate board support and it is opposite an opening in the building, such as window or doorway, the inside end of the putlog should be supported on an underslung bridle tube spanning adjacent putlogs. The bridle tube should be secured with right angle couplers.

Sway bracing is required at intervals not exceeding 30 M but, unlike independent tied scaffolds, ledger bracing is not required in the finished scaffold.

An independent scaffold consists of a double row of standards, with each row parallel to the building. The inner row is set as close to the building as is practicable. The distance between the lines of standards should be the minimum necessary to accommodate the required number of boards and toe boards.

A variation may be adopted in which the row of standards nearest to the building can be set back about 300 mm from the building face. This means that one of the boards of the platform can be laid between the inside row of the standards and the building face.Types of Independent Scaffold are:

Birdcage scaffold: A birdcage scaffold is an independent scaffold that consists of more than two rows of standards in both directions and is connected by ledgers and transoms. It is mainly used for work that is to be carried out on a single level, such as ceilings.

Tower scaffold: A tower scaffold is an independent scaffold consisting of four vertical members connected longitudinally and transversely.

Mobile Scaffold: A mobile scaffold is an independent scaffold that is freestanding and mounted on castors.

Hung scaffold: A hung scaffold is an independent scaffold that hangs from another structure, but is not capable of being raised or lowered when in use.

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The Use Of Scaffolding On Construction Sites

Scaffolding is a temporary structure that is erected for use in the construction of either industrial or residential buildings. It allows for convenient working platforms that can reach many meters high. Scaffolding is necessary, because even if you were to use a tall ladder, a ladder will not provide the same level of stability. A ladder would not be very useful on a forty-story high rise building! Only with scaffolding can you safely reach those heights. On scaffolding you will have a large platform for your construction tools and a more usable work space. The platform will need to be surrounded by guardrails for extra safety.

Scaffolding is fairly easy to erect and shorter towers can even be set up by two unskilled people. In most instances though, when scaffolding is being used on the construction or remodeling of a tall building, only trained professionals are allowed to erect the towers. There are training courses available on the erection of scaffolding, and many safety rules and regulations to be adhered to. In most countries, there will be random checks conducted on the scaffolding on industrial construction sites to ensure that they meet all their safety regulation requirements.

In most cases scaffolding will be constructed out of steel pipes and wooden platforms. In some Asian countries, bamboo is still used to erect scaffolding. This is because bamboo is more cost-efficient and also readily available. There are certain weight restrictions for different types of scaffolding, and certain ratios of the steel pipe width and height to each other. If the safe base-to-height ratio is exceeded, the scaffolding should be tied with scaffold tubes and fittings. Each individual scaffolding tower will be its own structure, but it will be tied and connected to its neighboring towers for more security.

Here are some safety precautions to adhere to when using scaffolding:

When relocating towers, care must always be taken to ensure that the tower will remain upright. Particular caution must be exercised when moving the scaffolding tower over an uneven surface, as this may cause it to fall. No equipment should be left on the scaffolding platform whilst you are moving it. If the equipment falls it could injure someone standing below, and the weight of the equipment could also make the scaffolding less sturdy.

The tower should always be tied to the building in questionable weather conditions. Extreme caution should be exercised when there are high winds, as this could cause the scaffolding to move and sway. If the tower is not tall enough for its purpose, rather erect a taller structure of scaffolding. Placing boxes or ladders on top of scaffolding to gain extra height is extremely dangerous.

When scaffolding is erected, be it for industrial use or residential, the size and shape of the building must be taken into consideration. A trained contractor who specializes in scaffolding is always ideal, because they will be able to determine exactly what size of scaffolding. They will draw up a scaffolding construction and installation plan that is tailor-made for your building requirements.

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Keeping Safe When Working With Scaffolding

Scaffolding is a provisional framework inside or outside a building to hold up construction and repair of buildings and structures. Scaffolding is a critical component in most constructions sites. The project can be large structures or smaller homes, but scaffolding is a necessary part.

When working with scaffolding it is very important to adhere to a set of robust safety standards. This is to ensure that on-site injuries are minimized and hopefully avoided all together.

To explain, the primary elements of basic scaffolds are: – Ledgers, Standards and Transoms.

Standards are perpendicular tubes which are used to relocate the entire weight of the structure to the floor where the scaffold rests. These kinds of Scaffolds are also called uprights. Ledgers are flat poles used to connect between standards. Transoms are always kept in the way which makes the right angle with the ledgers. It is an ordinary practice to place main transoms next to the standards to grasp the standards in place and to supply extra support to the boards. Main transoms will be associated by transitional transoms to supply extra support to the boards over and above the scaffolding.

Following are some safety measures to adhere to when using scaffolding:

When moving towers, care must always be taken to ensure that the tower will remain upright. Particular concern must be taken when moving the scaffolding tower over a rough surface, as this may cause it to fall. No equipment should be left on the scaffolding platform at the same time as you are moving it. If the equipment falls it could damage or harm someone standing beneath, and the weight of the equipment could also make the scaffolding less powerful.

The tower should always be tied to the building in dubious weather conditions. Acute concern should be taken when there are high winds, as this could cause the scaffolding to move and bend. If the tower is not tall enough for its purpose, rather erect a taller structure of scaffolding. Inserting boxes or a ladder or any heavy equipment on top of scaffolding to gain extra height is very dangerous.

When scaffolding is upright, be it for industrial use or residential, the size and shape of the building must be taken into deliberation. A trained contractor who specializes in scaffolding is always ideal, because they will be able to decide accurately what size of scaffolding. They will draw up a scaffolding construction and installation plan that is customized for your building necessities.

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Evaluating the Quality of Scaffolding for Sale

You see that combination of bars that elevate a worker or support a structure from breaking down? That idea is called scaffolding. Scaffolding is an integral part of construction works and many other activities that require a person or a material to be elevated from the ground.

If you are planning to get into such kinds of works soon and you think about purchasing a brand of scaffolding, you should not worry about its availability, as there is a lot of scaffolding for sale out there. While this is true however, it is not a guarantee that you will find models with the best qualities. Before you spend your hard-earned money for it, you should know how to check its quality. With that, this article can help you.

Here is how you should evaluate the quality of scaffolding in the market:

Check the steel type
It will not be surprising if you do not know what type of steel your scaffolding should be made of. A lot of people do not know about it, even those that have long been working in the construction industry. So how do you know if you are picking top quality scaffolding for sale? Well, the first step is to determine the scaffolding’s kind of steel. The toughest scaffoldings are made of platinum or aluminium steels. Between the two, platinum-made models are tougher; however, scaffoldings made from such materials are generally expensive due to the higher value and availability of the main component (platinum).

Aluminium-steel scaffolding’s are not far from platinum models in terms of durability. What’s more amazing than this is that such scaffolding’s are more affordable. Do not mislead yourself from aluminum scaffolding’s from stainless-steel made varieties as they might look exactly alike, especially when they are both new. Both materials are not prone to rust for a long span of time but the disadvantage of stainless-steel scaffolding is that its steel is relatively softer than the aluminum.

Purchase from reputable sellers
The best way to find top quality scaffolding for sale is to consider those sellers that have long been known for excellence in the industry. Such product providers cannot afford to lose the credibility of their good name by selling low quality scaffolding’s. For this reason you have the assurance that you are only dealing with reliable merchants. Of course, it would be better if you will find a product seller that has both experience and good name. This proves how reliable they can be.

If there is a bit of a drawback that such move has, it is that prices of scaffolding items might come a little higher. This is due to the fact that the materials to make a top quality item also do not come cheaply. Well, it is better to spend a few dollars more than to put the safety of the user at risk.

To conclude, finding reliable scaffolding for sale is crucial. Now that you have already learned how to do it right, no one’s safety has to be compromised.

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How to Choose the Right Mobile Scaffold Towers

One of the most common causes of fatalities among workers is falling from height. As a matter of fact, PASMA, a premiere scaffold towers trade association released a statistical research revealing that almost one-thirds of fatally injured workers fell from significantly high location. Aside from reliable safety harness and suspension cables, mobile scaffold towers are among the most essential tools for people working on elevated locations. The question however is ‘how do you choose the right mobile scaffold towers’? If you have been asking this question too, you have found the right page for answers. Go over this entire page and be enlightened.

Here are some important considerations you should know to find the right mobile scaffold towers:

Always go for QC passed models
These days, there are a lot of such tools out there. Finding the right one can be very confusing. The easiest way to do this is by checking if there is a seal somewhere on the equipment indicating that it has passed all quality standards set by the law and the industry itself. In doing this however, do not forget that there can be a lot of brand imitations. Yo should know the authentic seal, which you should have learned if you conducted research about it.

Conduct Good Research
This step is not as difficult as you think it is. The internet is there to provide you with reliable information about how genuine ‘QC passed’ seal should look like. It may even give you specific details on how you will be able to distinguish mediocre-quality scaffold towers from the one with the finest qualities.

Read online reviews
Online reviews have long been helping consumers when it comes to having the assurance that they are not spending their hard-earned money on a product with poor quality. If you are in search of premium quality mobile scaffold towers or the equipment’s most reliable providers, online reviews can help you a lot. With the help of reviews, you would know if the promise of excellence and reliability by a product provider is really true.

You will know about the pros and cons that the equipment may offer. In addition to that, you will also gain insights from the actual experiences of real users. They may also be extremely generous to direct you to the best product providers.

If you will do this however, be sure that you are browsing a review page that is not paid by the product provider; otherwise, you will not obtain honest reviews.

Purchase from reputable product providers
Check the credibility of the store where you plan to purchase the equipment. It must be one that has been known for consistent excellence in the industry. You may also ask for its previous and existing clients regarding the quality of their products. This way, you’ll know if they’ve been consistently reliable.

Safety of workers should always be a top priority. If you are working on elevated locations be sure that you are using the right mobile scaffold towers.

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Scaffolding for Sale Service

Scaffolding or also known as staging or scaffold is a provisional or temporary structure utilized in order to support materials and work crew. This is in order to help in maintenance, construction as well as repairing of bridges, buildings and other kinds of man-made structures. Scaffolding is used also in the adapted forms for shoring and formwork, concert stages, grandstand seating, exhibition stands, viewing or access towers, half pipes, ski ramps and other art projects.

With its great help in constructing and building different establishments, there is no wonder why there are many scaffolding for sale that offers its varying kinds.

There are companies that offer wide array of frames scaffolding for sale. It comes with several sizes for varied trades that can be matched with the existing inventory with the brand new universal scaffolding. But, it is important to consider the quality to maximize the amount of money you have invested for this.

When it comes to system, you can also find scaffolding for sale that provides optimum flexibility in order to conform in any required angle. System scaffold may be utilized in combination of a tube together with clamp scaffold. It is also good to have cup lock system for this function to be realized.

Plank is also essential in any scaffolding. It is important to look for stock quality of steel, aluminum together with its wood plank that comes in varied sizes. You may also have this in scaffolding for sale that requires careful selection to avoid untoward incidents.

Shoring panels are also needed that comes in wide array of sizes having a complete accessories line that will surely compliment the need. Clamp and tube are also a necessity for your scaffolding and this must be in proper function. If not, it is best to replace it and look for its great quality if there is scaffolding for sale. You may also find complete flexibility that will come in interchangeable components that will ease its assembly.
Scaffold systems must be given great importance also in order to provide support in the specific needs of your company. It is best to look for service provider that provides high quality of steel that scaffolds. It may include system, frame, clamp and tube, pedestrian canopy shoring and custom scaffolding. This is in order to fit and meet with a specified and existing inventory, whether it is a large industrial contractors or small contractors. This is in order to provide assurance as well as support services for the efficiency of job needed in order to take the company to its next level.

Scaffolding does not only make way to build a certain commercial establishment but it also provides security as well as protection to construction workers. Therefore, its quality must be given with much importance and attention to avoid the possibility of accidents that might risk lives of people. You need to carefully select in scaffolding for sale the best product of its kind for best result.

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Mobile Scaffold Towers

When using any tool at height or work equipment in your construction site that includes scaffold tower, whether as a self-employed individual or as an employee, the works at height regulations can be a great help to you. You need to make sure that you will not only focus on the competent person building the tower but as well as the individuals, who use, specify, manage and supervise in the use of mobile scaffold tower.

A competent person is the one who can fully demonstrate necessary experience, knowledge as well as the authority that enables them to carry out the assigned job to them within the required level of responsibility.

They have to make sure that the training they undergone are helpful enough to make them more responsible and competent. They also need to fully understand the potential hazards related to their equipment or work, which are under consideration and detect those technical defects as well as omissions in the equipment. Aside from that, they also need to recognize and specify good remedial action in order to mitigate those implications.

Some of the basic guidelines that you need know with regards to mobile scaffold towers are as follows:
-You need to carry out the right risk assessment before you start working.
-You have to be competent enough so that you would be able to dismantle, build and carry out the pre-use of inspection on the tower and then complete the pre-use record of inspection according to the regulations
-the component of the tower should be inspected in good intervals and the appropriate record should be kept

In using mobile scaffold towers, the first thing that you need to remember is to never work on the platform without having any guardrails. It is also important not to stand on those unprotected platforms in the building and in dismantling the tower. You need to always follow the supplier and manufacturer’s manual for you to be guided with the right things to do.

It is also important to make sure that the manuals you have are available while using the tower, to the operatives erecting as well as to the person who supervises the work. If you don’t have the manual, then it only means that you cannot use the tower because the manual serves as an important guide in using the mobile scaffold towers in constructing buildings.

In choosing the mobile scaffolding towers that you can use in the construction of every building, it is very important to make sure that it is made of the best and the highest quality to ensure that it is safe and effective. It is also important to follow the things written in the manual to make the job done right and make sure the safety of the user. When you make use of mobile scaffold towers, you would be able to get the right amount of building skills necessary to make the building strong and done in the best and highest quality possible.

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Mobile Scaffold Tower Insights

Scaffold towers are a very popular access solution used globally when the job at hand is at height. A scaffold tower is unique pieces of equipment that allow people to build or repair things that are too far off the ground to reach safely by ladder. Among other things, they help people do repair work on their roofs and things like painting the side of a home or even can be used for jobs like window cleaning at a height.

You can either buy your own scaffolding or rent it, whichever works out best for you. It really will come down to weather or not you will use the scaffold tower over a long period of time or even using one for short period but regularly then it might be more economical to buy a tower. If you need one for only a short period of time or very infrequently then it probably makes more sense to rent a tower.

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.

Another common type of scaffolding is suspended and 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 and make sure that the company you choose has an excellent customer service department.

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Scaffolding – A Great Option For Many Jobs

Scaffolding is a great option when you are working at heights and need a stable platform. However, many people make the assumption that scaffolding is for major jobs and that smaller jobs should be carried out with ladders. This is an assumption that should be challenged. While ladders are great for things like clearing out the gutters or cleaning the windows of your typical semi detached home. When you have a situation that requires you to go up and down with reasonable regularity then this would benefit from the use of scaffolding.

There are several reasons why scaffolding is much better than ladders and personal safety is just one of them. Falling backwards from even a short height can prove to be disastrous. With scaffolding you have a fixed structure to work from and as such is a much safer option. It also allows you greater access to the property, not to mention a handy platform for you to use to layout all of the tools and materials needed to carry pout the job at hand.

However there is a preconception among some people that only contractors can use scaffolding and that members of the public cannot themselves, hire such equipment. There is also a lack of knowledge about the different types available and therefore people wrongly assume that scaffolding is for external walls only and for large scale projects. Yet you’d be surprised at the number of jobs that can all be done quicker and safer using fixed structures:

Roof Saddles: these are fixed onto pitched roofs for chimney work or re-pointing – no more sliding down the tiles trying to get a foothold!

Putlog scaffold: allows access to the entire length of the wall and the platform can be raised or lowered as work progresses, so ideal for exterior painting or rendering.

Birdcage: for external or internal work the birdcage is ideal for painting high ceilings or replacing soffits.

Scaffold Towers: again these towers are ideal for indoor work but can also be used outdoors to repair outdoor structures. The best thing about towers is that they can either be static or mobile, so there is no need to dismantle and re-erect a tower.

Can I put up scaffolding myself?
Many people are put off from getting scaffolds for smaller jobs because they assume they are reliant on contractors erecting them and then failing to come back and take the structure down once the job is completed, leaving you with poles and tubes outside your property for weeks on end. However there is a product now called ‘system scaffolding’ which slot together and, when used correctly, are strong and flexible. This structure is ideal for the DIY market and of course once you have all the fittings you can use it again and again. However safety is paramount and before you attempt to erect the scaffolding yourself you should be aware of all the relevant safety regulations.

Conclusion
So if are convinced that scaffolding could be a great option for your next project then your next decision if weather or not you should either buy or hire your equipment. If it’s for DIY purposes you might be better buying as you can then use it over and over again, but for short-term larger projects then hiring will be more cost effective. Another option, if you think that the scaffold will be up for months, is to buy it, hire someone to erect it and then sell it on once the job is completed. There are always willing buyers and you may just get your money back.

For further scaffolding advice then call Alloy Access to speak with one of our professional scaffolding engineers or visit our website www.alloyaccess.ie.

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Everything You Want to Know About Mobile Scaffolding

Mobile scaffolding structures are a type of supported scaffold equipped with wheels or casters. The design of mobile scaffolds is meant to optimize freedom of movement. The major uses of mobile scaffolding include jobs where the worker is required to move frequently. Their adjustable nature, ease of dismantlement, and light weight structure help them expedite work.

Mobile scaffolding is suitable for painting big houses and structures, plastering, tiling, emergency repairs, theatrical performances using harnesses, mobile stairways for aircraft, foundry work, railway station repairs, and of course, normal building sites.

Besides the convenience of mobility in any direction, mobile scaffolding provides the added benefit of increasing tower height without much effort by adding a scaffold section to an existing tower.

There are a few safety measures to keep in mind during the assemblage and use of mobile scaffolding:

  • The use of cross, horizontal and diagonal braces to provide a rigid structure is important.
  • The scaffold should be (mandatory) level and squared.
  • Platforms should not extend outward beyond the base supports of the scaffold unless outriggers or similar stabilizing devices are in use.
  • When moving the scaffold, workers should not be riding it. Furthermore, if manual force is being used to move the scaffold, it should be applied as close to the base support as possible, but not more than five feet above the supporting surface.

How to choose the right mobile scaffold
There are a few general factors every builder or company must take into account when choosing their scaffolds.

Here they are, spelled out easy as pie:

  • Choose a manufacturer with a good reputation and a technologically superior manufacturing process. Robot welding and laser cutting are your best bet for high quality components.
  • Adjustable scaffolds with wheels can be quite expensive, so if you’re buying them, make sure your investment is worth it. Invest in a strong, durable material like steel rather than a shorter-lived one like aluminium. While steel is heavier, it maximizes a worker’s safety.
  • Ensure that your scaffolding comes with a warranty so that you aren’t burdened with a flawed product.
  • Scaffold towers with chassis beams will allow workers to simply release a break and relocate their scaffold. These provide convenience in terms of mobility, so chassis beams are a feature to look out for.
  • New ranges of mobile scaffolding offer foldaway options that can fit into small spaces and optimize ease of assembly, and stability. You could be ready to roll in a jiffy.
  • Depending on your requirements, some companies will customize your components for increased productivity. Contact your dealer to ask if they can make you a specialized scaffold.

When not to use mobile Scaffolding
It’s crucial to keep in mind that mobile scaffolding structures have certain shortcomings in terms of suitability to environments.

Using a mobile scaffolding structure in the following areas is not advisable in the following situations:

  • In areas where the ground is unstable or uneven, for example, above mines and on floodplains. Unless you want to re-enact Jack and Jill going down the hill, best stay away from slopes as well.
  • In landslide-prone regions of high altitude or mudslide prone regions in river basins.
  • At building heights of above 15 meters.
  • Wherever they will prohibit access to the inside of a building requiring convenient passage, especially in front of emergency escape routes.

Other than this, contractors should keep in mind that fiberglass scaffolding towers are essential for safety when dealing with electronic equipment atop scaffolding. It is a great idea to buy an aluminum mobile scaffold as they last longer and are sturdier. If you have any further question then make sure you give Alloy Access a call and we can help you out

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Your Complete Guide To Scaffolding

Regardless if you are under contract to build a 10-story apartment block or you are doing a small extension or house renovation, it is very important that you would have a basic knowledgeable about scaffolding. Scaffolding’s are structures that are temporarily erected for repair, construction or decoration of commercial buildings or homes.

Not only is it important to buy or rent the correct type of scaffolding for your particular type of job to make sure the project gets done properly, but you also want to ensure the safety of the people who will be working in and around the site. It is estimated that 65% of those employed in the construction industry frequently work on scaffolds. Therefore, it should not be surprising that some of the most common accidents on work sites involve injuries incurred on or related to scaffolds.

Scaffolds are erected of easily assembled structures of steel or timber. On these frameworks, working platforms are placed for easy accessibility to high elevations of a building or other structure under construction or repair. There are two primary categories of scaffolding, fixed and mobile.

Fixed Scaffolds
Fixed scaffolds are constructed alongside a building and can be either independent or putlog. The independent scaffold has standards or uprights on both sides of its working platforms. This allows the independent scaffold to remain upright without support from the building under construction or repair.

The putlog scaffold has standards or uprights along its outer edges, but its inner side is supported by the structure or building itself. Putlogs have flattened ends that are placed between courses of brickwork in the building or edifice to add support. The putlogs are used to support a working platform. Independent scaffolds should also be secured or tied to the structure under repair or construction at various intervals to lend support to its overall stability.

Mobile Scaffolds
A mobile scaffold is a type of freestanding independent scaffold. It is mounted on castors or wheels that swivel and allow the scaffold to be easily moved from location to location.

Suspended or Swingstage Scaffold
A suspended or swingstage scaffold has a platform that can be raised or lowered. An example of a suspended scaffold are those commonly used as a means to wash the outer windows on highrises.

Hanging Bracket Scaffold
Hanging bracket scaffolds may have horizontal structures that are supported by the floors of the building or other edifice under construction or repair. These scaffolds should be designed by an engineer and include load testing and other safety measures.

Before purchasing or renting a particular scaffold, you must determine the scope of the project including your particular situation, budget, and needs. You must first know what function you want your scaffold to achieve. Does your project consist of a single story building or will it have multiple levels? What is the design of the building or other structure under construction or repair? How long do you project that you will need the scaffolding? What is your estimated budget? Once you have answered these questions, you can best determine the scaffolding that is best suited for your needs within your budget.

When estimating your budget on scaffolding, make sure not to put price before safety. Skimping on price can be costly both economically and emotionally if there were to be an injury or death due to improper or faulty scaffolding. A few Internet sites that both sell and rent scaffolding have estimator tools. These tools enable you to design the scaffolding for your particular needs and project and then tell you what would be needed for your design.

Once you determine the type of scaffolding that would best meet your needs, you should then turn your attention to selection. There are stores and Internet sites that sell and rent scaffolding and others that sell both new and used scaffolding. Factory direct outlets sell only new or used products they manufacture. Other stores or Internet sites are basically dealers and sell and rent a large selection of scaffolding from numerous manufacturers. By doing some comparative shopping, you would be able to find the best deal on pricing and components for your scaffolding needs.

It is also important to review the guarantee and return policies of both manufacturers and dealers of scaffolding.

Questions that should be answered are:

  • What does the guarantee or warranty cover?
  • How will the scaffolding be repaired within the warranty period and after?
  • What is the compensation awarded if something were to go wrong or faulty components sold?

If you were currently looking to acquire scaffolding for a big or small construction or repair project, knowing what type of scaffolding needed is paramount. This not only insures that your project would be completed properly with minimal hassles and difficulties, but would also insure the safety of those on the work site.

Once you have determined the particular scaffold that would best meet your needs, you could then turn your attention to pricing and selection. By taking the time to do some comparative shopping, you would not only find the best scaffolding for your project at the most reasonable price, but you could possibly ward off potential problems such as faulty components or useless or worse yet, no guarantees on the rented or purchased scaffolding.

If you have any further question then make sure you give Alloy Access a call and we can help you out

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Scaffolding Safety Top Tips

Scaffolding is a great way to gain easy access in many applications. From a small extension project to multi-story skyscrapers scaffolding help to get the job done. However, there are dangers when working with scaffolding not least of all falls.

Whether it is a stationary scaffold or a mobile scaffold, chances of accident are always there. Remember, falls from high places typically result in serious injuries and it is of critical importance to follow safety standards, irrespective of the type of scaffolding that you are using. So the good news is that falls from scaffolds can be avoided if a few important safety tips were to be followed.

The first and most important tip that anyone could give is to have a competent authority to take care of the scaffolding on the site. This supervisor should be the person who should oversee all the scaffold erection. Reputable scaffolding suppliers will also offer additional services such as assistance in scaffolding erection. However, there should be a trained supervisor who should always be available to deal with any scaffolding issue.

It goes without saying that it is extremely important to follow the manufacturer’s instructions whenever scaffolding are being erected. If you have any doubts, do call up your supplier or the manufacturer’s representative and get them clarified. Remember, there is nothing wrong in seeking help.

It is important that to ensure that no one works on the scaffolds, whether it is a stationary scaffold or a mobile scaffold during stormy weather. Most of the accidents involving fall from heights usually happen during windy weather. The safety supervisor on site should ensure that the scaffolds are a “no go” zone during such weather.

Before anyone climbs on to a scaffold, it should be checked whether they are leaning to one side or wobbly. It should be made mandatory for all to do this check before they use any of the scaffolds. This will ensure a drastic reduction in the number of workplace accidents.

Under no circumstances should the mistake of using concrete blocks or loose bricks for supporting scaffolding be made. Remember, if the manufacturer says that there is foundation required for scaffolding, especially if it were to be erected on a hard surface, then it is in your best interests to go by the recommendation and at all costs avoid shortcuts.

In case of the use of mobile scaffolding, make sure that you chock the wheels. This will prevent the mobile scaffold from rolling. Remember, aluminum scaffolding is extremely light and there are chances of the scaffold rolling. It is therefore important that you check whether the wheels have been locked.

Finally, it is also important that you do not move the mobile scaffold if someone is working on them. Most of the fall accidents involving scaffolding happen due to this mistake.

In this article we have addressed a few different components in order to better understand scaffold safety procedures. By incorporating a good safety routine and awareness you will be in a better position of keeping yourself and workers safe.

If you need information and answers related to using scaffolding equipment, mobile or static and scaffold towers for your next project, be sure to get in touch with Alloy Access. Your trusted access solution provider.

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