You’ll be surprised at the range of scaffolding types that can be used in construction and for a range of other purposes, the general principle of a scaffolding construction is whether it’s static or rolling, or any other type of construction remains the same, in order to provide a platform for workers and materials whilst work takes place.
Most often seen on construction sites is scaffolding structures and other constructs which can be used for a variety of purposes. Its common to see scaffolding that’s being used for repair work to access high objects, this includes window cleaning for tall buildings and a number of other jobs. When it comes to choosing the scaffolding required for the project, it’s one of the most important stages of a job.
This is one of the most commonly used forms of scaffolding and is the type that you will see being used in construction work and on most other forms of work where elevation is required. Extra support may be required if the scaffolding is long or will be taking a lot of weight.
Supported scaffolding is built from the base upwards and will normally be used wherever possible, its considered the easiest, most convenient, safest and most cost-effective form scaffolding. Different forms of scaffolding are available and each will serve a specific purpose and can be used in a specific circumstance.
Some of the types of supported scaffolding includes:
- Frame Scaffold or Fabricated Frame
- Mast Climbers
- Ladder Jack
- Rhino Deck Platform
Supported scaffolding is typically suspended from a roof or other tall construct, it’s most commonly used when its not possible to construct a base, or where access to upper levels may be required and the building of the scaffolding from the floor to required level is impractical.
These types of scaffolding are commonly used by window cleaners on tall buildings but may also be seen where repairs are needed for the exterior of upper levels of similarly tall buildings. This supported scaffolding is usually the preference where possible.
Some of the types of suspended scaffolding includes:
- Interior Hung
Rolling scaffolding is a similar type of construct which supports scaffolding but rather than offer a stable base, it uses castor style wheels that permit the base to be moved, this is a useful form of scaffolding should you need to complete work over a longer distance than what a single scaffolding construction would allow.
The wheels should be locked when workers or materials are on the scaffolding, this is to ensure the safety of those using it and those around it.
Some of the types of rolling scaffolding includes:
- Access Towers
- Podium Steps
There’s a number of factors to consider when it comes to deciding whether to use static or mobile scaffolding. One of the main things to consider is the ease of access as well as movement on the scaffolding itself. Where possible you should rely on the use of a single scaffolding structure or multiple structures, as mobile units are perfectly safe when well-constructed and used properly they are more of a hazard.
Most scaffolding is semi-permanent and once used it can be taken apart and moved to another location before being constructed again. Fixed scaffolding can be left in position for longer periods of time and are also especially useful in those situations where permanent access may be needed to elevate positions.
Some of the types of mobile scaffolding includes:
- Scaffold Ladders
- Assembly Scaffold
- Foldable Scaffold
Aerial lifts should be used where workers need to be able to access a range of levels, this in order to be able to complete a construction. If building work is being completed on the outside of a multi-storey property and both workers and materials are needed to work outside two or more floors, or at different times, then an aerial lift will make it easier and safer to lift even large amounts of material and multiple workers to the levels required.
Some of the types of aerial lifts includes:
- Scissor Lifts
- Articulated Boom Lifts
- Telescopic Boom Lifts
This was a guest post by Equipment Access Hire Specialist, Jackson & Gocher.