Mobile Scaffolding Tips
Mobile scaffolds are temporary support structures used to access elevated areas. Mobile scaffolding is a preferred option due to its versatility. Typically, these scaffolds can be used both indoors and outdoors. Besides, they are quite easy to assemble. This article details a few things you should know about mobile scaffolds.
Hiring A Mobile Scaffold
If you need the scaffold for a short project, hiring is a viable option compared to purchasing the equipment. Consider these tips as you rent the scaffold:
- Examine the scaffold's specifications. It should have appropriate height and weight limits.
- Inspect the equipment to ensure it does not have defects such as broken or bent poles.
- Ask the company to provide the scaffold installation manual. Alternatively, you could tell them to deploy an experienced scaffolder to assemble the equipment.
- Ask the rental company to transport the scaffold to and from your site. This prevents the inconveniences of hiring a truck to move the scaffold.
- Read the rental contract to understand your obligations and the hire charges. Additionally, get a contact number since you may want to return the scaffold earlier or later than you agreed to.
Mobile Scaffold Installation Use
Before installing the scaffolding, inspect the site to ensure the scaffolding will not come into contact with overhead power lines. Install the scaffold on a flat and rigid surface. Before boarding the equipment, examine it to ensure the couplers and standards interlock. Lock the scaffold's castor wheels during use. As a rule, you should not use the scaffold during storms. Additionally, clean it after use and inspect it for defects.
Mobile Scaffold Safety
Observe these mobile scaffolding safety tips:
- Understand the weight limits of the equipment to avoid overloading.
- Install top rails when fixing the scaffolding. They will prevent you from toppling over as you work.
- If you have more than one person working on the platform, ensure that they have sufficient working space. Otherwise, they could knock each other over as they work.
- Do not work too close to the scaffolding's edge. It could cause an imbalance.
- Install outriggers if you will load the scaffolding to its maximum weight. This reduces pressure on the standards and improves the equipment's stability.
- Board the scaffolding using the designated ladder. You could unlock the couplers or fall over if you decide to climb using the poles.
- Do not move the platform when somebody is on the platform.
You should now find it easy to rent and use a mobile scaffold. Remember to consider the recommended safety protocols.