Different Scaffolding Parts

December 12, 2017


The following list has been created to lend substance to our previous articles. And, not inconsequentially, this descriptive account will also add context to future articles. What scaffold scrutinizing task are we about to tackle? Nothing less than a look into the different types of scaffolding parts that are commonly in use in today's industry, beginning with the bars and frame components.

A Structural Overview

There's a huge range of hollow bars and frame pieces used to erect the tower. They go by different labels, including trellis sections and rails, cross members and braces but their function is clear. This is the framework that forms the skeleton-like support structure. The supports use all three axial dimensions to create a stable cage, a series of squarish cells. The square cage also receives bolstering from a group of diagonally attached braces.

Fastening Systems

Full bags of metal accessories accompany the disassembled tower to its destination. These are the independent fasteners and locking pins that secure the support pieces. Node connecting clamps use swinging bolts to tighten hinged clamshell jaws. Right-angled couplers screw differently oriented beams with powerful anchoring strength. Elsewhere, there are spring-loaded pins and quick-release locking inserts delivering similar fastening strength, except they're designed to speed the assembly and disassembly process.

Footing Requirements

A ground-based footing configuration introduces the ground frames and first uprights. Castors are typically part of this starting setup, although these are sometimes replaced by wide steel plates. The former component requires a reliable locking mechanism while the latter plating system must be wide enough to properly distribute the weight of the tower and its workers.

Decking the Platforms

Multiple levels can be installed on the stable tower. They're accessed by angularly mounted steps or vertically attached ladders. As for the platforms, they're built from wide wooden planks and prefabricated decking panels. They must safely support a rated weight. Additionally, a planked platform requires a special touch, an expert service that diligently eliminates the spaces between the aligned planks.

The final part of the structure is a safety overlay. Picture this superimposed health and safety layer as it is integrated during every stage, for nothing is more important than this life preserving factor. To this end, toe boards and guard rails eliminate unprotected work areas and really crown the erection. That same level of safety conscious attentiveness goes the extra mile when providing fall arrest provision, so expect netting and canopies when different scaffolding parts are erected in urban areas.

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