Scaffolding is useful for any building project that requires you to work in difficult-to-reach places, both on the inside and outside of a building. Need to purchase or rent scaffolding and put it together? You’re in the right place – in this guide, we’ll go over the basics of putting together scaffolding safely.
Scaffolding Assembly Step-By-Step
Let’s start with a disclaimer. When you are assembling scaffolding, do not do it on your own. This is especially true for scaffolding that’s more than one or two storeys high. If you are building any kind of scaffolding for a large construction project, you should hire a scaffolder to oversee the process.
If you assemble scaffolding improperly, you endanger the lives of yourself, your workers, and anyone else who is near the construction site, should something go wrong. If you need help putting together your scaffolding, we recommend getting in touch with us at Scaffolds Australia – we can help you find a competent scaffolder to help with your project.
Now that that’s out of the way, let’s discuss the basic parts of scaffolding assembly.
- Build a solid foundation – Depending on the material on which you’re building your scaffolding, your needs may vary, but you’ll likely need mud sills and base plates, which will help distribute the load of the scaffolding properly. You need to build your scaffolding on a level, secure, solid piece of ground. You may need to dig down on a slope, or use leg extensions or adjusters to level the structure out.
- Lock casters – If your scaffolding has casters, you need to make sure that they’re completely locked and will not move at all once the construction of your scaffold has begun.
- Assemble and brace the scaffolding – If you’re using pre-assembled scaffolding frame, you can just raise both sides of the scaffold, and then attach them with cross braces. If you’re building your own scaffolding, you’ll need to begin by locking your tubes and clamps in place, and building both sides of the scaffold. Once this is complete, raise each side, and attach the cross braces. Attach any more braces and supports that are required for a safe, rigid structure.
- Check to ensure the scaffold is level – If your scaffold is not level, it will be dangerous and hard to work on, and the structure could even fail, due to the improper forces placed on the scaffolding. Double-check to make sure that the scaffold is level – particularly if you’re planning on moving it with casters.
- Place the support platform – Once you’ve determined that your scaffold is level and properly braced, you can place the support platform at the top of the scaffold, and fasten it into place.
- Secure access to the scaffold – Usually, ladders are used to access the scaffold. They should be placed into position and secured. You do not want the ladder to move or shift when it’s being climbed, or risk a situation where it may fall or fail, and a worker may be unable to get back down.
- Add safety precautions to the platform – Under Australian law, a fall arrest system or other safety device, such as guardrails, must be present on all working platforms that pose a fall risk of more than 3 metres (for house building) or 2 metres (for all other projects. Make sure you have guardrails and the proper fall arrest systems, such as harnesses, to protect against this.
- Inspect the scaffolding – Unless you are erecting a very short scaffolding – 1-2 storeys – we recommend that you hire a professional scaffolder to examine your scaffolding, and ensure that it’s safe to use.
That’s it! This process can simply be repeated to build a scaffold of just about any size – but for larger projects, we highly recommend hiring a professional scaffolder.
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The History Of Australian Scaffolds
At Australian Scaffolds, we have been serving New South Wales with scaffolding rental and purchases for more than 20 years. We have a history of excellence in customer service, and we employ the most knowledgeable scaffolders in the area – so if you need help with a scaffolding project, contact us now, and we’d be happy to help.
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