Scaffolding is an essential part of safe construction and demolition. It ensures both efficiency and worker’s safety whenever a construction, building or renovation project is taking place.
Additionally, scaffolding plays a major role in preventing and minimising the risks of falls and injuries in any job required at a certain height. This can include painting or window cleaning as well.
To help you fully understand this temporary structure, here’s everything you need to know about scaffolding.
What is scaffolding?
Scaffolding in its most basic form is a platform made up of tubes, couplers and boards. They are temporarily built for workers so they can to navigate easily and safely around the work site. Scaffolds are mainly erected when working at a certain height especially in building constructions or renovations.
These fixtures, if used correctly, helps shave off time of the entire construction process while maximising safety and increasing risk management at the same time.
Read our tips on how to manage the risks in scaffolding.
How is scaffolding used?
Though numerous scaffolding types and systems are available, the type of scaffold to be used depends largely on the project requirements e.g., height and size, and other specifications such as safety requirement and weather forecasts.
Scaffold erection starts from the ground and extends to a height by interlocking its three key features. These three features are the standards (vertical posts with connector joints), ledgers (the horizontal braces), and transoms (a cross brace of longitudinal and transverse poles). The planks are set to rest on the transoms.
How safe is a scaffold structure?
Scaffolds provide a safe and secured workplace enabling workers to work efficiently at greater heights. It significantly reduces the risk of falls and other untoward accidents that may arise on site.
However, the safety of working on scaffolding all boils down to whoever erected the scaffold and can only be assured if managed correctly.
Scaffolds are safe if they were erected, dismantled, or reconstructed by licensed scaffolders and have been duly inspected by a professional before their use.
What are the risks of scaffolding?
Even when scaffolds are erected and inspected adequately by licensed professionals like Cando, the platform will never be a risk-free area. There will still be unforeseen issues arising in this high-risk workplace.
These issues can include event such as:
- falling debris;
- trip hazards;
- weather issues;
- human error related injuries.
Therefore, to practice utmost safety, a risk management plan for emergency procedures for fallsshould be in place at every worksite.
How can the risks be prevented or minimised?
To prevent or minimise the aforementioned risks, it is important that each worker has adequate training on safe work practices and procedures consistent with the Australian Safety Standards. They must also be well equipped with personal protective equipment while working on a scaffold. Erecting barricades, warning signs of the possible hazards, guard rails, safety nets, covers, and restraints are also helpful in preventing or minimising the risks of injuries for both workers and visitors on site.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I mix scaffolding from different systems?
We do not recommend mixing scaffolding from different manufacturers or suppliers. Even though they may look compatible, they often have different dimensions and tolerances. Mixing scaffolding can reduce the structural integrity and lead to a collapse of the scaffold.
Can I erect my own scaffolding or do I need a ticket/certification?
You can erect your own scaffolding structure under 4m. Workcover/Worksafe regulation applies to any structure above this height and must be undertaken by a scaffolder with relevant qualifications.
CanDo can take care of all aspects of scaffolding hire and system installation on the Gold Coast, Brisbane and Northern NSW. Call us today on 1300 226 336.
Is an internal ladder necessary?
Yes! You need to use an internal ladder with a scaffold to be compliant with WorkCover/WorkSafe practices.
Can you hire scaffolding?
Yes! CanDo's whole business revolves around hiring out scaffolds.
We provide cost effective scaffolding solutions in Brisbane, Gold Coast & the Northern Rivers. Our experienced team are knowledgable in construction methodology which save our clients time on construction and minimises scaffolding costs.
How much does it cost to hire scaffolding?
The cost of scaffolding depends on many factors. These include:
- How high the scaffolding needs to be;
- The location of the scaffolding;
- The type of job the scaffolding will be used for;
- The type of scaffolding required;
- How long you need to hire the scaffolding for.
The best way to find out the cost of scaffolding hire would be to give us a call on 1300 226 336 or request a quote online.
What types of scaffolding do you have for hire?
Many of our scaffolding installations have a component of difficulty that other companies cannot be bothered with. Our goal is to meet the project requirements of our clients by providing a comprehensive service.
CanDo provide a range of scaffolding hire solutions including:
Aluminium stage scaffolding is extremely versatile. It is much faster to erect than steel scaffolding and can be erected on existing and new structures easily. Despite its lightweight nature, the Quick Ally aluminium scaffolding is incredibly durable and efficient, with many combinations available.
Steel Scaffolding is used for projects needing longer hire periods (exceeding 2 weeks). It involve concrete, blockwork and brickwork in the construction process. This is due to a higher load rating than Lightweight Aluminium Scaffolding.
We typically undertake projects up to 15 metres high to the top working deck.
Mobile Scaffold Towers
When you need to access heights across a large surface, aluminium mobile scaffolding is an excellent option. Our mobile towers provide a safe and stable working platform with a 225kg safe work load and are available as square or rectangular towers.
We offer a comprehensive range of roof edge protection systems for both residential applications and commercial job sites.
Void Protection Platforms
Our void platforms turn an upper level void into a working & catch platform. This enables tradesmen to work on, around or above the platform safely.
Hang On Platforms
Hang On Working Platforms reduce labour and hire costs by eliminating the need for ground-up scaffolding.
Where to hire scaffolding?
CanDo offers scaffolding hire in Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Northern NSW and everywhere in-between.
Do you inspect your scaffolding products?
At CanDo, we take pride in ensuring every scaffold is erected and maintained to the highest standards.
We regularly test all our equipment to ensure its safety and compliance. Every job we do is audited and reported back to our office.
Scaffolding hire with CanDo
We have a comprehensive range of height service and scaffolding hire designed to save you money and time.
If you need experienced and credible scaffolding professionals, CanDo provides cost-effective scaffolding solutions, edge protection and consultation services to all clients on the Gold Coast, Brisbane, and northern NSW.
Call CanDo today at 1300 226 336 or send an email to email@example.com.
Our hire service is available to the residential and light commercial building industries. We also can provide private property owners with height safety, fixed scaffolding hire and mobile scaffolding hire.