Like many construction sites, durability is an essential part of almost all scaffolding projects. It serves as a skeletal structure surrounding the sides of a building or monument, which provides easy access to different floors without hindering the main entrance. Whether it is navigating around high structures on a building site or simply supporting significant loads of building materials, scaffold can serve many different purposes.
Keep it Erect
Erected scaffolding is an amazing sight to behold, even if most people have no idea when the metal framing was put up – by magic maybe. To be more accurate, they’ve been put up mathematically combined by some giant machine. this faultlessly build framework would be useless if the planks are of low quality. Since planks are just as important as the other parts of scaffolding, they should be robust, dependable and stable to maintain safety.
Durability Supporting the Scaffolding
Besides giving support to buildings, they also provide a safe foothold for everyone involved on a construction site such as, Builders, surveyors, contractors, etc. The artificial flooring, despite being narrow, must be able to fulfil certain standards. For example, the material has to be thick and strong enough to support the entire weight of the workers as well as the construction materials or tools that are placed on the platform. It has to be installed in such a way that it removes any of its uneven surfaces. Fastener heads or projecting plank edges should be avoided as well to prevent mishaps.
Even if a supporting frame is professionally erected, a levelling check is still recommended in case of an installation defect. Although there might not be an inclined platform, inspection is still vital to make sure everything is installed correctly. In fact, there should be a dual inspection check for complete work assurance. The first part assesses the tower for alignment while the second part looks at each platform level and inspects the actual planks to see if they’re fastened firmly to the frame. If a platform is poorly levelled, this will cause tools and soft-edged items such as screws and bolts to roll under someone’s foot and can cause a loss of balance.
The Spacing of Scaffolding
On the planks, an optimised decking configuration fastens sheets of space-free panels. It’s slip-resistant, but please still be weary and it is intended to flow seamlessly from one edge of the raised tower to the opposite edge. However, the plan-only flooring contributes to a more open-plan installation model. With this, the planks can gap and may cause tools to fall. These similar gaps can widen enough to permit an unwary foot to drop, possibly causing an injury. When installing planks, secure them properly and eliminate any gaps between individual boards.
Remember the importance of strength and durability in the Scaffolding planks when providing a safe tower for working. Once you have acquired durable and reliable materials, it is important to check how the scaffold is set up and whether the strict instructions are being adhered. Safety must always be prioritised to reduce unwanted accidents whilst on a construction site.
RG Scaffolding Solihull has years of industry experience, a family run business that provides the best and reliable scaffold service in Solihull and wider Birmingham, West Midlands areas. Providing a safe, value for money service, we undertake projects of all descriptions ranging from temporary roof systems to complete new build projects. Rest assured our team will work with you at every stage to ensure the success of any scaffolding requirements are met.
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