It can be easy to forget about the logistics of any construction work unless you are either directly involved or working within the industry. However, when completing any work on a building, there are many things you need to take into consideration. The first important aspect to remember is that whilst the work is being completed, the building may not be as stable as it usually would be. Secondly, if you are working on any level above ground level, there are issues in terms of getting the builders, materials and machines up to the level in which work is taking place. The solution to these issues comes in the form of scaffoldings. Although you have probably seen scaffolding, you are probably quite far from being an expert, so here are a few things you should know.
What are scaffoldings?
A scaffold is a temporary structure used as a support system during construction. They are generally used when work is being completed on a building above ground level; they provide a safe and stable platform for builders and workers to complete their jobs. Scaffoldings, however, are the individual components that when assembled make up the entire structure; tubes, frames and couplers are examples of this.
Are there different types?
Yes, there are several different types of scaffoldings, each type has a specific purpose. At the beginning of construction, a builder will determine which structure is most appropriate to assist with the job, many factors are taken into consideration, such as what work is being done, how tall the building is, and how long the work will take to complete. The first type of structure is known as trestle scaffolding, this is supported on movable ladders and can be used for work up to 5m in height. This system is used for indoor work, like painting. Another common style is steel, which is constructed from steel tubes that are set by fittings and couplers. It is simple to put up and take down and is also very robust. However, it is more expensive than other options. Patented scaffolding is also made from steel, but this form is ready made and can be easily bought; it can also be adjusted to reach the desired height. Suspended structures can be used for repair work and painting, this form is also often seen for window cleaning on large buildings or skyscrapers. Unlike the other forms, this is suspended from the roof of a building and can be lifted or lowered through the use of ropes and chains.
How is a style chosen?
Contractors and builders make decisions surrounding construction work on a daily basis, choosing scaffoldings is just another decision to make for them. However, there are certain things that they will take into consideration before making this choice. The safety of any workers is always a primary concern when choosing a structure, so the amount of people on site, and working on the structure will come into play when choosing which type is best for the job. Furthermore, it is important to use a structure that is appropriate for the work that needs to be completed, this includes ensuring it reaches high enough and has suitable access for any tools or machines that need to be taken up onto it. Lastly, builders will consider if the structure can stay up throughout the construction process, or if it will need to be taken down or moved at the end of each day.
Is a license needed?
In Australia, a high risk work license is needed to work on these structures. However, the type of scaffolding and what work you are doing will have an impact on what licenses are needed and who needs to hold them.