FAQ

1What is scaffolding?

Scaffolding is a temporary structure built on the outside (or even inside) of a building. It is generally made up out of steel or aluminium tubes, assembled together with wooden boards lain horizontally on the metal to provide a working surface/supporting area for human access.

Scaffolding is essential when buildings or other structures are being built or if maintenance or restoration is being carried out on an already existing architecture. The scaffolding is made to look like a skeleton of a structure. It serves as a means for construction workers (and materials) to be able to reach any elevated area of the building.

2What are tower-frame scaffolds?
Tower-frame scaffolds are a particular form of prefabricated scaffolding. They incorporate fabricated frame units constructed as single-bay towers. Most tower-frame systems are aluminium, but steel systems are also available. Mobile tower-frame scaffolds are mounted on castors for ease of relocation between uses.
3What is specialty scaffolding?

There are two types of specialty scaffolding, a putlog scaffold and a pump jack. A putlog scaffold consists of only a single row of standards with a single ledger. The putlogs are transfomed, attached to the ledger at one end, but integrated into the bricks at the other.

A pump jack is a type of portable scaffolding system. The scaffold rests on supports attached to two or more vertical posts. The user raises the scaffolding by pumping the foot pedals on the supports, like an automobile jack.

4Is Scaffold Tower really safe to use?
Yes, it is significantly safer than using a ladder. If you are afraid of height, then a scaffold tower will be your solution. Our Industrial Towers and Trade King Towers are tested and certified by to the EN1004 by BSI and TUV respectively.
5How to determine what scaffold is right for you?
All our aluminium mobile scaffolds are advertised with the standing height of the operator. For example a 4.0m high scaffold means the operator stands at 4.0m high, and can perform work at 6.0m high.
6I already own a mobile scaffold, will your components fit with my scaffold tower?
Generally speaking yes our frames and braces are compatible with other systems in the market. You’re welcome to come along to one of our stores with your frames and braces, and we can test if they fit our system.
7How much room will it take to store my aluminium scaffold?

An aluminium mobile scaffold is 95% air! That means that when the scaffold is dismantled, it takes very little room to store. We can easily transport two aluminium scaffolds of 1.3m x 2.5m x 6m height on a standard ute tray.

If you can imagine two standard CHEP pallets placed next to each other. An aluminium mobile scaffolding of 1.3m x 2.5m x 4m would pack onto that area, and only come off the ground 400mm (knee height).

This means that Aluminium scaffolding, because it does not rust, and is lightweight, can be stored

under a house,
in a roof,
garage,
outside or
absolutely anywhere.
8What Scaffold height do I require?

For example, you would like to paint your facier and guttering. You have a fairly standard size two storey home, and good access all around your house.

We would suggest that the facier and gutter will be around 5.8m from ground level. Therefore, if you wish to paint the facier and gutter just above your head height, you should install a 4m working platform.

Remember that the scaffold frames will actually come up to 5m (to include a 1m safety rail), and this scaffold will fit “under” the eave to allow access as required.

Your feet will be at 4m and your head will be around 5.75m (if you are 1.75m tall).

9What safety rules and precautions apply to the use of aluminium scaffolding?

All scaffolds supplied by Grove Scaff are compliant and built to specifications. However it is important to be aware of the following points when using scaffolding.

Ensure the scaffold is complete and castor wheels are locked before using the scaffold.

Do not climb up the runs on the outside of the scaffold. Always access the platform from the inside via the ladder.

Do not exceed the specified Safe working load of 225kg per bay.

Do not use boxes, steps or ladders on top of the platform to gain extra height.

Do not move the scaffold with people or materials on it. Before moving the scaffold, ensure that it is clear of obstructions both in the air and on the ground. Ensure castors are locked once the scaffold has been moved to the new location.

10What is the difference between standing height and working height?

Standing height is the height at which the user stands to perform the work. Working height is the height that the operator needs to reach.

All Grove Scaff scaffolds are referred to by the standing height. For example a 3 metre high scaffold means the operator would stand at 3metres and be able to reach and work at 5 metres.

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