There are some basic components and accessories that often go underappreciated and undervalued with using scaffoldings.
Operators will understand that there are three distinct categories in this industry, outlined by brands built into the ground, suspended in the air or supported via an apparatus.
Irrespective of what classification this is or where the design will be positioned for a development project, they have to be erected with the highest of safety standards.
Workplace accidents cause injury and death with falls from these structures being a common concern for builders, developers and even at home DIY operators.
Here we will take stock of some of the key components necessary to make these items sound and above board.
A degree of flexibility working on a terrain can be just the tonic for professional operators maneuvering through scaffoldings on a work site. This is where the adjustable base plate becomes particularly valuable, providing the user with the option of adjusting the base plate position when there is a hazard or when the level has altered.
The base plates with scaffoldings will require support, weight and structure. This is where the standards come into play. Also going by the title of ‘uprights,’ they are utilised to shift the structure’s weight towards the ground by sitting against the base plate. They are a fundamental element that tie the entire framework neatly together.
No item is ever sourced in isolation when it comes to erecting scaffoldings. For the standards to maintain their position as they support the base plate, they will require ledgers – tubes that link the standards in place.
Linking the standards, ledgers and boards together for the scaffold to maintain its strength and integrity are the transoms. These goodies will need to be positioned at just the right angle to ensure that enough support is guaranteed and the professional operators can freely maneuver on site without fear of collapse.
For men and women to be supported by the weight and switch from position A to position B within scaffoldings, they need planks. These are less subtle accessories and more mandatory purchases that ensure there is no accident on site. Also classified as ‘decks’ in some professional circles, they can be sourced in a variety of materials to work in accordance with the nature of the scaffold design.
The tubes that are utilised within scaffoldings are one of the standout items. A vast majority of professional operators and tradesmen will leverage steel or aluminium designs due to their cost effectiveness and ease of acquisition. However, there are other materials of tubes that can be sourced in this market. This will include polyester or glass fibre – brands that are brought into play when the terrain and environment requires additional assistance.
For the tubes to actually hold in place and ensure they are not compromised, scaffold couplers are able to bind them together. They can be sourced for a variety of brands, but will most often be acquired through right-angle couplers, swivel couplers and putlog couplers. The majority of these products are user-friendly and simple to apply, but they need to be properly fitted to maintain the integrity of the tubes on the design.
These key components used for scaffoldings will be easily understood and valued for professional operators who have extensive experience erecting and dismantling the items. The best course of action for newcomers and inexperienced practitioners is to speak to the experts in the industry and obtain their reviews and recommendations. Costs can be saved, but it should not be at the expense of covering for key safety measures.