Ladder v/s Scaffold Towers

Although Ladders are quick to setup, easy to climb and safe if used properly, it isn’t the right tool for every job.

In most cases, a scaffold tower may be a more safer and preferred option compared to an extension ladder when you want to work on heights.

When should you use ladder?

Although, it is best to refer to the safety guidelines for the particular job, ladders are usually recommended in the following circumstances:

  • Low-risk situations
  • Tasks that will take no more than 30 minutes
  • Environments where the ladder can be sturdy and stable while in use

It is always recommended to carry our the risk assessment prior to deciding to use the ladder. For a prolonged work which can go over 30 minutes at a time, consider using alternate methods.

When should you use Scaffold towers?

Scaffold towers are usually a preferred option where ladders cannot be used safely. Although erecting a scaffold tower can be time-consuming and expensive, they are usually safer compared to ladder when working at heights with tools and equipments.

You should consider using scaffold towers in the following cicumstances:

  • You need to work at the height for more than 30 minutes
  • You need a more freedom of movement while working at the height
  • Ladder is not suited for that particular ground or environment

Scaffold towers can be custom built for your particular project to suit your needs and budget.

For more information or for any scaffolding needs, please contact Proline Scaffolding on 02 9064 2674.

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