Use of scaffolding provides an extra element of efficiency that ladders alone will never produce. Assembling a scaffold at a worksite, either residential or commercial, allows for effective creation of workspace that offers greater access and worker mobility than a ladder can provide.
When Mobility Is Needed
Hanging scaffolds are mobile units in and of themselves since they are attached to the top of a building and are either lowered or raised by a pulley mechanism system operated by workers on the suspended platform. However, when operating up high on a fixed or mobile scaffold system there are certain considerations to observe.
Tip 1: Never move either a hanging, fixed or mobile scaffold set-up horizontally with people on the working platform unless, of course, the design allows for it.
Tip 2: Fixed scaffolding that is anchored to a base plate may need either full disassembly or at least removal of the base so the structure can be lifted and repositioned horizontally.
Tip 3: Fixed scaffolding requires a plan for leveling to provide safe operation. Make sure to retain all scrims and base 2 by 10 lumber blocks when repositioning the structure. Scaffolding without casters will necessitate extra time to level the structure once it is repositioned.
Tip 4: Never leave tools or materials on working platforms when repositioning the structure. Make sure someone inspects all platform surface areas before a move is initiated.
Tip 5: Plan ahead for what and how many structure moves will be needed to complete the project. Base preparation at several predetermined moves can help cut down time between moves.
Tip 6: If the scaffolding rests on casters or roller wheels, leveling screws will be attached. Also, wheel or caster locking braces should be enabled when the structure is in position. Make sure both the leveling screws as well as the locking mechanisms operate freely so both repositioning and securing a new position are executed correctly. It is important to periodically check these mechanisms during the time the project is conducted. Consult with your rental center about providing back-up leveling and locking hardware and how to properly maintain these.
Tip 7: Cut down the need to keep repositioning scaffolding by acquiring several structures. Many rental centers offer discounts for multiple structure rental. In the long run, using multiple structures may be cost efficient compared to the time needed to prepare each individual position where you need to move the scaffolding.
Tip 8: Also check with your rental center about assistance repositioning scaffold structures. These rental professionals have more than likely experienced a variety of scenarios concerning repositioning scaffolding and can advise you about the best plan using scaffolding for your project.
Tip 9: Always observe all local laws concerning the use of scaffolding. Local laws vary. Some places require specifically designed scaffolding for repositioning needs. Others make only suggestions. Again, the professionals at your local rental center will have this information and can best advise you on the proper way to select the correct scaffolding for your project needs.
Tip 10: Always keep personnel safety in mind when repositioning scaffolding for your work project needs.