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The Importance of Scaffolding in Construction

The UK has been in a Construction Project Boom for a while now, and our Towns and Cities are full of Scaffold Structures in place to support workers and DIY Enthusiasts.

Steel Scaffolding

Whilst Wooden Scaffolding using Bamboo scaffolding Methods is still used in some countries, your Temporary Structure will be Built using a Steel Supporting Frame and Scaffold Boards.

Before Construction Projects begin, your Scaffolding Frame is erected and made Safe by following Professional Installation Methods and meeting Industry Regulations.

How do I know I Need a Scaffolding Structure?

As a general rule, try to think Safety over Cost and Convenience.

Most Construction Projects will need a Working Platform when working at a Height for a Length of Time, and Construction Industry Professionals will know Height regulations and when a Safe Working Platform is needed.

Maintenance Work at Lower Levels may not need a Scaffold Structure, but always consider safety if working from Ladders. Trestle Scaffolding is a worthy Consideration.

Different Types of Scaffolding

  • Suspended Scaffolding

The Platform is usually suspended from the Roof and Hangs Downwards.

  • Cantilever Scaffolding

Types of Scaffolding where there is no Ground Support and the Scaffolding Systems are attached to the wall.

  • Steel Scaffolding

This type of Steel Structure is commonly seen on a UK Construction Site and uses Steel Tubes and Steel Couplers to allow Construction works to be carried out Safely.

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  • Single Scaffolding

Set aligned to a Wall, often used for Brick Work.

Trestle Scaffolding

Ideal for Indoors and Outdoors at lower heights.

Trestle Scaffolding can be used with Boards and is safer and easier to work on than Ladders.

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  • Patented Scaffolding

Ready-made with an adjustable working platform.

  • Double System Scaffolding

Often called Independent Scaffolding and used for Stone Masonry, or where it isn't easy to attach the Scaffolding to the wall.

The main components of Steel Scaffolding include;

  • Scaffold Tubes

  • Clamps

  • Couplers

  • Unbanded Scaffold Boards

  • Banded Scaffold Boards

  • Foam

  • End Caps

  • Rubbish Chutes

  • Debris Netting

  • Ratchet Spanner

  • Stillage

  • Base Plate

  • Lighting

  • Ladder Guard

  • Trap Doors

Types of Scaffolding Safety Regulations 

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The Health and Safety Executive offer a comprehensive Overview of the current Laws and Scaffolding Regulations.

The key areas to consider are;

  • Access

  • Barriers

  • Design

  • Bespoke Design

  • Supervision

  • Inspection

In addition, Employers, Employees and the Self Employed should all be familiar with the laws around Working at Height.

Conclusion

The Scaffolding required for Construction Work is essential to ensure we continue building and Maintaining our Buildings.

Any type of Scaffolding done correctly in a safe and secure setting will mean Safety for Workers and your Project completed Quickly and Efficiently.

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