The Scaffolding Guide

Basic knowledgeable about scaffolding is important regardless of the job at hand. Scaffolding’s are temporary structures used mainly for repair work or for construction sites.

Ensuring the safety of the people who will be working in and around the site is just as important as choosing the right scaffolding. The most common accidents on work sites involve injuries incurred on or related to scaffolds.

Scaffolds are easily assembled and erected. They are structures made out of steel or timber. Within the frames, there are platforms for carry out work. They are laid down for easy accessibility to high elevations. The high elevations are usually tall buildings that need repair work.

There are 2 primary categories of scaffolds:

  1. Fixed
  2. Mobile

 

Fixed Scaffolds
Fixed scaffolds are constructed alongside a building. These scaffolds can be either independent or putlog.

 

The Independent Scaffold

Independent scaffolds have standards or uprights on both sides of the platforms to allow the structure to remain upright without support from the building under construction or repair.

 

The Putlog Scaffold

Putlog scaffolds have standards or uprights along the 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.

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

 

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 questions then make sure you give Alloy Access a call!

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