Buildings are being erected all around us and it seems to be happening at a very rapid rate. Whether home construction or office buildings, finding ways to streamline builds has become the norm, and the most secure way to complete a build is through the use of a scaffold tower.
They are an incredible use of equipment when it comes to doing work at heights, allowing workers to work efficiently and safely. They provide a more stable and larger surface to do work from compared to ladders. Whilst ladders are still a useful tool, a scaffold tower is more suitable for certain larger tasks.
The Right Tools for the Job
Before starting any build or renovation, there are certain factors to take into consideration to ensure that you have the right scaffold tower for the intended use. There are several types which need to be considered based on what work needs to be done.
For home and on-site builds, the Standard, Staircase, and One Man scaffold towers are commonly used. The standard type is easy to assemble and can reach heights between 8 and 12 metres. The staircase type provides safe access to both industrial and domestic stairwells and, as the name states, is used for staircases both indoors and outdoors. One Man is in the word – it is designed to be easily erected and dismantled by one person.
For major construction, the Advanced Guardrail is preferred as its revolutionary concept ensures that operators are protected by handrails at every stage of assembly and when it is dismantled. An added benefit is that it can be assembled on the next level above the one on which the assembler is standing.
When working in environments where electrical hazards or chemical agents exist, it is advisable to go the GRP scaffold tower route. Made from fibreglass, it is non-conductive, providing a stable and lightweight platform which offers safe insulation from electrical elements.
The Cantilever option makes difficult builds that much simpler. It has an additional platform which is ideal when building around obstacles such as porches, stairwells, and garages. They have a link brace system and stabilisers, improving stability and safety.
With all the different types and uses, free-standing or suspended from a building, make sure that the scaffold tower you choose is convenient to install, versatile, portable, lightweight, durable, and sturdy as well as safe.
Based in Gauteng, we at Disc-O-Scaff have been supplying SABS-approved scaffolding solutions to industries for many years. Our scaffolding systems are engineered in house and are manufactured in accordance with exacting standards. For more information on building solutions, browse our website or give us a call.