How Imperfections and Inaccuracies in the Scaffolding Assembly Affect Scaffolding Stability

September 19, 2019

Scaffolding is a temporary structure that is erected to assist the construction workers in performing tasks at various heights safely. Tragically, the need for these structures to be in secured, durable shape is overlooked, which leads to many workers and even pedestrians being injured. Even with all the regulations that spell out the requirements for scaffolding assembly, imperfections and inaccuracies still exist that negatively affect the overall safeness of this type of temporary support element. Falls from dangerous heights are often the number one cause of injuries on construction sites as a result of this negligence. We provide some of these inaccuracies and imperfections that can make scaffolding dangerous to use instead of safe to work on at a site in the following.

Inadequate Supports

To allow workers to use scaffolding that is inadequately supported is complete negligence. Any of these structures should sit soundly without any wobbling. When possible, scaffolding supports should be placed on top of concrete or other types of level pavement to keep it from overturning. In the event that the scaffolding needs to sit on top of the bare ground, though, the soil should be compacted and levelled prior to its installation.

Lack of Secure Anchoring

Anchors are other crucial elements in making scaffolding stable. Usually, scaffolding needs to be vertically anchored at least every 4 metres. Also, it should be horizontally anchored about every second joint in the frame. Without secure anchoring, the scaffolding can overturn, even when on level surfaces. These regulations may vary slightly according to your local authorities, so it is wise to double check.

Loose Guardrails

Another dangerous inaccuracy in scaffolding that can lead to issues are loose guardrails or the absence of them. Their sole purpose is to prevent workers from falling over the edge.

Examples of Imperfections in Scaffolding

Imperfections in the assembly of scaffolding include putting the wrong parts together and flimsy walkways that cannot handle the necessary loads just for two examples. Care should be taken with assembling all scaffolding parts to ensure that they line up correctly to form a sturdy structure. The walkways must be out of the right materials to handle the workers’ weight as well as the weight of the tools and supplies

Improper Usage of Scaffolding

Incorrect use of scaffolding is another reason that workers receive injuries. Workers always should stand on the walkways to work and not on the bars of the scaffolding.

Turn to C&N Scaffolding to avoid any imperfections and inaccuracies in your scaffolding. We specialise in the hiring and installing of Kwickstage scaffold for use with residential projects in Melbourne and the surrounding areas. You will always receive the best possible service and scaffolding at an affordable price without compromising anyone’s safety.

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