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.
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.
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
Scaffolds are measured to the Work Platform (WPH).
Example: When hiring a 3m scaffold, you can reach 5m.
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 our 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.
A tower scaffold is allowed to be 3x higher than its base width.
If the scaffold is higher than 3x the base width then the scaffold must be tied into the building at 3m.
Scaffolds should be erected, altered or dismantled by a competent person.
Also, if the potential fall from the scaffold, including through a penetration or over the edge of a floor, is 4 meters or more, certified scaffolders are required to erect, alter or dismantle scaffold.
9 meters to the work platform.
Ensure the scaffold is complete and castor wheels are locked before using the scaffold. Do not climb up the rungs 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.