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Scaffolding is very important in many industries including the construction industry. It allows workers to safely get about buildings to carry out the essential work they need. Without scaffolds buildings and other structures would quickly fall into disrepair because of the difficulty of maintaining them.
Scaffolding is not only for professional scaffolding contractors and builders, but there is scaffolding for sale aimed at homeowners who are competent at erecting their own scaffolds quickly and safely to get the important repairs, painting and cleaning their buildings need done.
There are many types of scaffolding for sale on the market. Your choice will depend on the needs of the work you are doing and the available budget you have.
In the UK the most popular scaffolds are tube and fitting scaffolds which are built by fixing components together. It might therefore be helpful to you to know the different technical terms used in the scaffolding industry so that you can have a bit more understanding when looking for scaffolding for sale.
- Erection – The process of putting up a scaffold
- Striking – Dismantling scaffolding is known as striking
- Standards – The vertical tubes in the scaffold are called standards
- Ledgers and Lifts – Ledgers are the horizontal tubes and each row of ledgers is known as a lift
- Transoms – The horizontal tubes supported by the ledgers
- Platforms – Platforms are formed from boards supported by the transoms.
- Bracing and Tieing – Systems used to stop the scaffold from falling.
- Guardrails – Guardrails are there to prevent falls
Half of all fatal accidents on construction sites are caused by falls from height. This shouldn’t be the case as it is easy to avoid such accidents if only the correct safety instructions are followed.
Scaffolding should only be erected by a competent person that is qualified to do so. You should also always inspect the scaffold before and during every use to make sure everything is in place and there are no parts missing.
You should not place too much weight on a scaffold and should always follow the specifications of the manufacturer. Also bracing and guiderails should be installed according to the correct set up.