Scaffolding serves as a security and a precautionary structure installed on the exteriors of buildings while workers are performing various construction activities such as repairs, cleaning or building. Scaffolding is usually made of wood and metal poles and used by construction personnel. This article looks at the different types of scaffolding, their characteristics and advantages and how construction managers can optimise their usage.
This is the most frequently used type of scaffolding by construction teams and is built from the base upwards; additional support might be essential if the scaffolding will be long or required to carry heavy weights. This scaffolding has the advantage of being the least expensive as well as the easiest and safest; hence, it is preferred by construction managers and workers alike.
This is quite similar to self-supporting scaffolding, but instead of offering a stable base, it employs castor style wheels that allow the base to be moved. It is important that the wheels be locked when materials or workers are on it in order to ensure the safety of those around it as well as those using it. Construction personnel can use this type of scaffolding when undertaking tasks in which the workers are constantly changing position, such as painting jobs or plastering.
Ladder Jack Scaffolding
This type consists of a resting platform that is normally mounted onto two ladders. They are best suited for buildings that are not very tall in structure and for supporting lighter materials. Because of their fragile nature, they may not have the ability to support multiple workers and thus can only be used by construction workers for light tasks.
These scaffolds are normally suspended from the roofs of tall buildings using ropes or pulleys. Construction managers and workers can use this kind of scaffolding for light tasks such as cleaning windows, changing bulbs on the exterior of tall buildings and performing repairs, among many others.
Elevating Lift Scaffolding
These scaffolds are mostly used in lifts where workers have to access several levels in order to complete a construction project. They make it easier and safer to lift multiple workers and large amounts of materials to the levels required.
When considering whether to use mobile or static scaffolding, construction managers must take into account the degree of movement of the scaffolding as well as the convenience of use to the workers. The nature of the project being undertaken should be the primary guiding factor on type of scaffolding construction managers choose.