Besides productivity, you need to ensure safety when it comes to scaffold work across New Zealand. There are certain safety standards to abide by, these referring not only to protective equipment, but also to the structure itself.
Measuring and levels tools
Scaffolding isn’t reliable unless it’s stable. To make it stable, it has to rest on strong poles fit on a level surface. Use an electronic level to inspect the given surface (the ground) and measure everything, so you can build stable platforms and vertical structures. Leave enough space for formwork where it is required.
Ensuring structure flexibility
The best scaffolds are those that can adjust/are flexible enough to let workers perform at different levels and handle irregular buildings. Hire scaffolding professionals to install acrow props if you need adjustable poles for various levels. Aluminium scaffold Dunedin will also show you how to work with these and make necessary adjustments.
Solid scaffolding requires a very safe foundation. First of all, don’t forget the base plates. These support the poles at ground level and also take on the weight they bear. It’s also a good idea to employ casters. If you’re going to build the scaffold on a soft surface (grass, dirt etc. – even asphalt can be soft), then place it on lumber planks so it doesn’t sink. Bear in mind that there will be a considerable weight pressing down. Level the spot using a shovel if it’s necessary, before you position the planks. Place the structure away from ditches and holes.
Regular or ordinary wooden planks aren’t good for this kind of work. Only the special scaffold planks are strong enough for the job. In addition, all boards must be level and well fixed.
Acquiring all structural parts
Besides platforms and framing poles (or pipes), scaffolding also calls for cross bars or braces for creating the diagonal structures for safety and added strength. Set up a guardrail system along with diagonal bars to make the structure stronger and prevent falls. As for the size of each structural part, you are free to choose whichever suits the project – just make sure they’re matching when you bring them all together.
Providing safety equipment
Working on scaffolds is a dangerous business. Even if you’ve built a sturdy, reliable structure, it isn’t enough. Your workers need adequate equipment, which includes protection helmets and harnesses. They should also be wearing colorful jackets for visibility. If the work requires it, ensure eye protection, too.
Consider renting scaffolding parts. In many situations, what was purchased was not enough for the project and the buyer no longer found compatible parts for supplementation. Therefore, it’s best to contact a local rental shop for all materials, to ensure perfect compatibility regardless of project size.