How to Assemble Scaffolding

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How to Assemble Scaffolding. Scaffolding offers temporary working platforms for above ground construction. A scaffold can be more useful than a ladder, as it can be used by multiple workers, provides space for materials and is more secure than the average ladder. There are many different types of scaffolding, but assembly is generally the same for most of them. Read on to learn how to assemble scaffolding.

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Check the area where you will build your scaffolding, before assembly. The ground should be level and free from any moisture that may cause the assembly to slip. Check to make sure there are no obstacles in the area that will interfere with the scaffolding and look for places that you can easily and safely secure tie-ins.

Put 1 by 1 foot pads under the scaffolding feet if the ground is soft or sandy. This option is better than using a large piece of plywood, which will shake if the ground isn't perfectly level. Screw leveling pads are available as scaffolding supports, however they are not necessary. Casters also work to level the scaffolding, but you should only use casters on hard surfaces.

Have someone help you assemble the scaffolding. One person should work to build the frame, while the other person passes all of the required materials to them. The person working to assemble the scaffold should wear a safety harness at all times.

Inspect all of the scaffolding pieces for damage during assembly. Never use damaged, rusted or misshapen parts. Secure the scaffolding to surrounding structures with tie-ins as you go along. Double-check the locking components, at every stage, to make sure that they are coping with the added strain.

Use ladders to reach the elevated sections. Ladders can be helpful when connecting platforms to the scaffold, however, if the scaffold will be standing for a long period, you should add a scaffold stairway.

Make the scaffolding more rigid by adding extra diagonal bracing which pulls sections tighter against existing bracing. Tensioned rope or piping works nicely.

Add your scaffold platforms by using 2-inch planks, or double up two sheets of 1-inch plywood. Always take extra care to not overload the deck with equipment.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always use components from the same manufacturer.
  • Standard top safety rails are only for safety, and not for rigging. If you need to add a rail for rigging, you can build your own by splicing pipe onto the risers, but use very strong connectors for assembly, such as three way crosses or ladder chain with bolts.
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