All You Need To Know About Construction Scaffolding

Scaffolding refers to temporary platforms used by construction workers when working at elevated areas. Read the excerpt below to learn more about scaffolding.

When Should You Use Scaffolding? 

Scaffolding has a wide variety of applications. For example, it could be used when installing internal fixtures such as curtain rods, gypsum ceilings or electrical wiring. Bricklayers, painters and window cleaners often use scaffolds. The primary benefit of scaffolding is that it provides a platform where you can place working equipment.

There are different kinds of scaffolds. For example, a suspended scaffold is suspended from the upper floors to ease the work of painters and window cleaners. Cantilever scaffolds are usually pinned on the wall; they are ideal if the ground below cannot support a scaffold. Trestle scaffolding is mostly used in indoor locations, while steel scaffolding is perfect for high-rise buildings.

Safety When Using Scaffolds

Improper use of scaffolds could cause serious accidents. The following are a few safety tips to observe when using scaffolds: 

  • The equipment should be set up by a skilled and qualified professional.
  • Know the weight limits of the scaffold; it could collapse when overloaded.
  • The platform should not be used during rainy weather, windy conditions or storms.
  • Workers should not leave working equipment or food items on the platform.
  • The scaffold should be inspected every day before construction works commence. 
  • Do not attempt to move the scaffold when someone is working on the platform. 

Scaffold Hire Tips

Scaffolding for hire is an ideal option for contractors that need the equipment for a short period. One of your primary concerns when hiring the scaffold is the reputation of the scaffold hire company. Conduct some internet research to know the experience of previous clients; you could also seek referrals from other contractors. The scaffold hire company should provide a comprehensive report detailing the condition and maintenance record of the scaffold you intend to hire. Besides, the equipment should be insured. 

Check the terms of the hire contract. For example, does the company provide support services such as free transport, installation, repair and maintenance? Check when and how you should make payments. You should also check if you will incur penalties for late repayments. For long-term hire, you could opt to work with a company that has a rent-to-own option. Preferably, the company should not charge idle time. Insist on a fixed charge to avoid weekend and holiday charges.

A scaffold will significantly ease construction and repair works. As a rule, choose the right scaffold, work with reputable companies and observe the recommended safety tips.