What is scaffolding?

19 August 2011

During construction of new buildings and refurbishments of existing buildings, temporary platforms are erected so that the builders and contractors can reach the required heights.

Scaffolding ranges from simple structures to complex designs (in the case of large commercial developments like shopping centres, for example) and they are generally made of a combination of wooden planks and steel pipes.

Commercial and civil constructions are the type of projects that commonly need scaffolding but handymen and painters are also known to construct scaffolds for domestic projects. Ladders can’t give workers the same security, height or stability provides which makes them essential on construction sites.

How to use scaffolding?

The foremost concern when constructing scaffolding is to ensure that the structure is properly set up. Overseas, workers need to complete specific training and become certified in scaffold constructions to adhere to government building safety regulations and capacity requirements. Here are some tips on how to use scaffolding:

  • Don’t leave machinery on the platforms when you are moving the scaffolding on site
  • At extreme heights or in areas prone to bad weather, attach the scaffolding to the building
  • Do not place ladders onto scaffolding, rather add a few levels to the scaffolding
  • Inspect the scaffolding each day before it gets used by your workers

The importance of a reliable scaffolding supplier

Scaffolding suppliers need to be reliable and consistently check their equipment if they are renting out the products. Talisman is a trusted scaffolding supplier in South Africa that offers quick-stage scaffolds that are designed to reach beyond 12m so that personnel can safely work at varying heights.

Our scaffolds are available for hire or purchase – visit one of our branches in South Africa to get quality scaffolding for your project!

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