Tubular metal-frame scaffolding systems offer a sturdy and efficient method for working at an elevated area. With the help of various stationary components and add-ons, stationary scaffolding can be made to be quite extensive in terms of the amount of area that it covers. As such, stationary scaffolding can be made to support numerous people working together on the same project.
Also referred to as frame scaffolding, stationary scaffolding is a type of scaffolding made from welded steel or aluminum posts. These posts support planks and working platforms that workers can walk upon while completing tasks from an elevated area. Stationary scaffolding can be combined with various scaffolding components in order to create additional bays where workers can stand and work.
When choosing stationary scaffolding, you should consider the following factors:
Application: Stationary scaffolding is used to reach elevated areas while working on a variety of different construction projects.
Materials: Stationary scaffolding is typically constructed from a combination of aluminum and wood, with the aluminum forming the frame and the wood forming the planks
Height/Reach: Stationary scaffolding is typically made to be used at heights of up to 15 feet high.
Duty Rating: When selecting stationary scaffolding, be sure to choose a design that is able to hold the weight of the workers as well as materials that will be used while utilizing the scaffolding.
Safety Concerns: Stationary scaffolding can be combined with a variety of different components in order to increase the size and usefulness of the scaffolding. Care should be taken to put these components on correctly to ensure optimal safety.
Stationary scaffolding can be used as a standalone tower or it can be combined with other components in order to expand its uses and coverage area. Some of the components that can be assembled along with stationary scaffolding at the jobsite in order to accommodate the needs of a specific project include:
Standards (also known as Uprights): Vertical tubes that transfer weight from the scaffolding system to the ground
Ledgers: Horizontal tubes used to connect the standards.
Cross Braces: Items that are connected diagonally to ledgers, standards and transoms in order to provide greater stability and strength
Couplers: Items used to connect the tubes of the scaffolding that are available in various shapes, including right-angle, straight and swivel couplers
Base Plates: Serve as feet on the bottom of the scaffolding, thereby helping to spread the load placed on the standards
Guard-Rails and Toe-Boards: Provide safety and help to prevent workers and equipment from falling.
Ladders: Provides access to the scaffolding from the ground or from bay to bay
Ties and Pins: Secures the scaffolding to adjacent structurers or buildings
To ensure you remain safe while on the jobsite, it is important to use the guard rails and braces that are included with your stationary scaffolding. In addition, when expanding the size and configuration of the scaffolding with the help of various components, it is essential to ensure the pieces are designed to be used together and are properly installed and locked into place.