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*Scaffolding is a supported work surface that is used to help workers to easily reach and work on the outside of buildings.

Although most U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Health and Safety Administration-approved scaffolding is made of metal, in countries other than the U.S., it can be made of bamboo. Painting or repair projects on the outside of a house require a safe place to work, especially in areas of the house high off the ground. Many people use ladders but find the process slow and dangerous. Scaffolding offers a safer and quicker alternative to ladders. However, improper use of scaffolding can be unsafe as well. Understanding how to use scaffolding and identify potential dangers helps get the job done quickly and safely. Fixed scaffolding uses various types of frames to support the work surface. Specific types of fixed scaffolding include pole scaffolding, tube and coupler scaffolding, frame scaffolding and fabricated frame scaffolding. Once erected, the work surfaces on fixed scaffolding remain in the same position. Higher levels are made by adding to the top of the scaffolding. Movable scaffolding uses fixed side pieces with a movable work surface. As a worker or work crew finishes work on part of a building, the work surface can be raised to the next desired level. Common types of movable scaffolding include ladder jack scaffolding and pump jack scaffolding. In ladder jack scaffolding, the work surface rests on the side brackets. With pump jack scaffolding, the scaffolding rests on poles after being raised by a pump jack. Specialty scaffolding is designed for particular projects or jobs. It can range from complex scaffolding designed for a particular job, like painting, decorating or bricklaying. Specialty scaffolding can also include movable scaffolding that uses wheels to move from one section of a building to another.
Importance of Scaffolding Scaffolding is a temporary structure used in the construction, maintenance or repair of a building hence allowing the worker to work at an elevated height. It is a modular system made out of tubes, metal pipes or even bamboos. The three main elements of a scaffold are standards, ledgers and transoms.
The standards or uprights are vertical tubes which transfer the mass of the structure to the ground. Ledgers are the horizontal tubes connecting the different standards to one another whereas the transoms are placed next to standards, holding the standards in place and providing support for the board at the same time. Although scaffolding is a very helpful system in the construction business, however certain guidelines and safety measures must be followed when using it. Some of these include:

The equipment used must be properly installed and operated by qualified personnel keeping in mind the particular needs and details of the work at hand. People working on the scaffolding system must be properly trained and should be well aware of all the risks involved which might cause serious or even fatal injuries.

They should also be taught how to wear the protection gear, how to inspect it before use and how to recognize when a piece of equipment should be removed from service. Specific areas must be designated from where the workers could climb the scaffolding, with properly installed ladders. However workers should first practice climbing techniques, including facing the steps; using tool belts or approved lifts to carry materials up to the jobsite thus allowing the use of both hands; and establishing firm balance on the ground before climbing the structure.

The Importance Of Scaffolding To Successful Construction And Repair


When we refer to scaffolding we mean the temporary structures designed to support buildings and people during the repair and construction processes. This system of metal pipes offers a safe way to access the buildings being worked on and a safe place to carry out this work. The earliest forms of these structures are thought to date back to the early 5th century BC where they were depicted on the Berlin Foundry Cup - a drinking cup which has been an important source of ancient Greek metal-working technology. The ancient Egyptians, Nubians and Chinese are also recorded as having used these structures to construct tall buildings. Construction businesses will no doubt be interested in cheap scaffolding but they need to ensure that 'cheap' does not mean unsafe. All scaffolds in the UK must conform to the European Standard performance requirements, which cover areas such as structure, design and access. The basic elements of scaffolds are tubes - made of aluminium or steel and of various lengths, a working surface made up of wooden boards and couplers to hold the tubes together. There are other items that can be incorporated into the structure, such as ladders, ropes and sheeting but this will depend upon the project requirements. Scaffolds are attached to adjacent building using ties - either through an open window or to a structure such as a pillar. The key to success is good foundations as these frameworks will often require more than simply base plates to carry and spread the load safely. Heavy duty scaffold will often need baulks set in concrete to support the structure whereas softer surfaces will benefit from sole boards. Scaffolding is utilised for a huge range of jobs from DiY to home extensions and trade contracts so it is a good job that your experienced scaffolder can estimate how much equipment will be needed for each project. Whether you work in the construction industry and need an ongoing supplier or need cheap scaffolding for a home extension, the purpose of the structure is the same - to provide a safe way in which to carry out construction and repair work without damaging existing buildings.