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Storage of Scaffold Components

Posted by on Jun 25, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

Proper storage of scaffolding equipment helps to ensure that scaffolding is safe and fit to be used. Improperly stored equipment can result in damage, loss of equipment strength, and loss of safe operation. Whether the storage is in a rental building, a scaffolder’s warehouse, or at the job site, the following conditions should always be met: • Store equipment so that it is easily accessible. • Allow for the safe movement of trucks, forklifts or other handling equipment. • Do not obscure access/egress points, emergency exits,...

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Scaffold – Setting Up The Work Area

Posted by on Jun 12, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

Step 1: Check the unloading site and ensure safety measures are implemented Check into the site, advising the site manager or supervisor of delivery of scaffold components. Check with the site manager or supervisor the location of the unloading zone. This should be in close proximity to the erection site to reduce manual handling. Undertake site induction if this is the first time on the site. Seek information about the worksite and conditions to verify scaffold requirements. Proceed to the unloading area. Check the area designated for...

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Scaffold Foundations

Posted by on May 30, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

The foundation is the supporting structure on which a scaffold is erected. To ensure scaffold stability, the scaffolder must first ensure a sound foundation. Scaffold foundations must be adequate to carry and distribute the loads imposed at each standard and of the whole loaded scaffold. An inadequate foundation can cause a scaffold to collapse. To ensure an adequate foundation, consideration should be given to the intended use of the scaffold and the environment in which it is to be erected. To work out whether the supporting surface or...

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General Cleaning and Repairs of Your Scaffolding

Posted by on May 5, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

Scaffold components must be regularly cleaned and inspected to ensure they are maintained in optimum condition and working order. Care of scaffold components will provide a safe and reliable scaffolding system. All components should be regularly inspected and cleaned. In cases of severe deterioration, the components should be discarded. Superficial cleaning should be carried out by scraping, brushing or other abrasive methods which do not affect any surface treatment such as galvanising.Clean the threads on adjustable baseplates by wire...

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Maintenance, Testing and Verification of Scaffold Planks

Posted by on Mar 25, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

We will have a look at maintenace and testing of scaffold planks to assist users in maximising their service life while maintaining a nescessary level of safety.Maintenance, entailing regular inspections and testing is nescessary to ensure that scaffold planks nearing the end of their service life (and that are no longer safe for use) are detected and removed from service.To maximise service life and ensure safety in use, planks should not be subjected to mechanical, physical or chemical forces. Such forces are likely to cause damage and...

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Inspection of Erected Scaffolding

Posted by on Mar 18, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

Erected scaffolding should be inspected as part of a regular schedule and at certain key times in the operational cycle of the structure. This means scaffold should be inspected: at commissioning daily – prior to use routinely – every 30 days by a qualified person prior to dismantling Apart from routine inspections, the principles of hazard identification and reporting should be employed at all times. This means, personnel working on or around scaffolding should be alert to scaffold hazards. People should also be aware of...

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