Scaffolding & Ariel Lifts – Your Options

Choosing a good scaffolding company means finding one that can provide the services you require while offering a professional service. They should turn up on time and at the right location, they should have appropriately qualified and skilled scaffolders to complete your project, and they should have all of the necessary permits and other requirements to ensure that you enjoy the best service.

There are many occasions and applications that might require scaffolding, and this means that there is a varied selection of scaffolding construct types available. From static to mobile, and from basic structures to complex ones, having the right construct will make your job a lot easier in the long run.

Scaffolding Material

Most scaffolding constructs are made from aluminium or steel. Steel is heavier, but is also less expensive, and this is why it remains a popular choice. Aluminium, on the other hand, is lighter and therefore easier to work with, but it may need to be reinforced for larger constructions.

Wood is typically used as the surface for walking on, and this provides a stable and level surface that is ideal for almost any use. Barriers should be put up around the edge of the scaffold unit, and these will normally be made from the same material as the scaffolding tubes. Discuss your requirements with your scaffolding company and they will help you to determine the most effective material to use.

Basic Scaffolding

There are a number of construction types that are considered standard, when it comes to the construction of scaffolding units. Where it is possible to use these types of unit, it is generally considered best to do so. They do not have the same requirements for completing risk assessments and drawing up scaffolding designs as more complex designs do.

Basic scaffolding units are typically tower shaped with ladders to provide access to the levels of the scaffolding. Several towers may be combined in order to make a longer construction, and some other basic designs include manufacturer designs, which can be used during the design and scaffolding permit application process.

Complex Scaffolding Constructs

Some uses of scaffolding have very specific requirements. Especially tall buildings, or where a construction may be required to bypass difficult terrain, will often have very specific scaffolding requirements.  These types of scaffolding unit will often need to incorporate a unique design, or will deviate from what is considered a standard construction. Designs, plans, and assessments will need to be provided for these scaffolds.

Suspended Scaffolding

Where the ground is in poor condition, or where you want to access upper levels of tall buildings, constructing scaffolding from the ground up may not be an option. Suspended scaffolding enables you to still use scaffolding even in these circumstances.

Suspended scaffolding is most often seen in use by window cleaners that are looking to reach upper levels of buildings. These may be powered by a lever and pully, along with a switch, and will be left in place permanently, in order that they can be used time and time again.

Aerial Lifts

Scaffolding is not only required to hold construction workers and service providers that need to work at height, but also to hold the equipment and items that they will use. Carrying such items up and down ladders can prove time consuming and potentially dangerous, and in some cases it simply may not be possible. Aerial lifts can be raised and lowered, enabling you to load the lift with the items you need, and then to raise the lift to the desired height and level.

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