There are multiple factors to evaluate when considering the type of scaffolding for your next project.
Let’s go step by step with the questions to answer before considering the type of scaffolding to use for your next project:
- Where is the task to be undertaken?
- How many workers will use the scaffold at any given time?
- How much is the height of the structure?
- What is the design of the structure?
- Is this for a single story or multi-story building?
- Is it a new-construction or renovation project?
- Is the project carried out in the exterior or interior?
- Does the project require suspended scaffolding or can it be safely fixed on the ground?
Now that you have answered the above questions, let’s discuss the five most important factors to consider when choosing the right scaffolding for your business.
This is the most important considering when looking to hire a scaffold. There are a multiple material and features that go in to a scaffold. You have to choose the one to complies with the Australian safety requirements. Some of the features to consider include:
- Scaffolding-specific platform
- Safety guardrails
- Built-in safe access and slip resistant surfaces
- Comprehensive user instruction
It is crucial to get the right scaffolding for the need and the requirement of the project. For an example, rendering, roofing and building use different types of scaffolding. It is important to choose a scaffolding that can sustain the user weight and any equipment that they are working with.
Also consider a mobile scaffolding for the jobs that may require you to move the scaffold. If need consider a fixed or stationary scaffold.
All of the above considerations are important because every job has it’s own unique need and requirement. A scaffolding requirement for window washing would be different to someone needing support for the roof work.
This is another critical factor when choosing the type of scaffolding. It is important to evaluate the ground type here and make the decision accordingly. If the ground is hard and stable, a ground support unit will do whereas if the ground is unstable and/or soft, a suspended scaffolding design may be a better option here.
Choosing the right option ensures the safety of worker and equipment is not compromised.
The factor of budget should usually come after the safety and the requirement of the project. Although a ground supported scaffold may be more cost effective, if the project requires a more expensive mobile and/or adjustable scaffold, then that is the choice to go with. Suspended scaffolds can be more expensive as they are tailor designed for that particular job/task. Depending upon the type of scaffold, a lot of material could be reusable for future purposes.
Rather than re-inventing the wheel, it is easier and better to get recommendations for the experts who work in the industry and have years of experience using different scaffolding products. A good scaffolding company should be able to assess your requirements and make recommendations based on the strengths and limitations of scaffolding products and types.
Although we have discussed the factors to consider when choosing the right scaffolding for your next project, always discuss and taken on-board the advice of scaffolding experts. We recommend choosing quality over cheap products.