Important Things to Remember Before Scaffolding Set-Up

September 13, 2017


What's the difference between a professional scaffolding erector and some fly-by-night operation? Well, the expert service assembles the staging fast, but that's not an answer. No, the trained erection service spends time on the operations that take place before the scaffolding set-up process begins. This logistics-based process is considered an essential part of the erection procedure. Having said that, what important actions are performed before the scaffolding is physically erected?

Maintenance Considerations

Believe it or not, professional scaffolding operations often store several systems in their warehouses. Oftentimes, one system is in service while a second staging system is undergoing a maintenance check. Before dispatching a flatbed truck, one that's loaded with the scaffolding elements and fasteners, its position in the maintenance program should be checked so that the scaffolding parts can be established as a safe operating framework.

Logistics Planning

Safety comes first. The importance of that provision isn't about to change, not ever. Still, there are practical considerations to solve before the frame can be erected. Are there any scheduling conflicts? If this is a crowded work site, there needs to be a space set aside to store the scaffolding elements until the erection team arrives. Is the ground space clear of debris? These are the questions that cause headaches for work site foremen, but they need to be addressed before the staging can be properly and safely erected.

Documenting Environment Safety

The ground is cleared and the flatbed truck is being loaded back at the workshop. Meanwhile, there's a company representative exploring the site. He's checking for site access. He's also holding the permits and permission slips that say the scaffolding set-up can commence. On top of all that, a trained eye is evaluating the kind of localized conditions that escape the notice of every other site supervisor. He's looking at overhead electrical cables, checking to see if the soil is compacted and level, and he's generally assessing every conceivable risk factor.

Referred to by industry insiders as the preplanning phase, this is the identification and evaluation stage from which the seeded safety factor grows. It's at this point in the set-up timeline that any potential hazard is identified and corrected. Safety margins frame this staging space. Safety systems are bolstered if the site is, say, located on a busy street. Frame netting and pedestrian protection systems leave the depot with the scaffolding components if the pre-planning foreman classes the work area as a high-traffic zone. Then, when the area has been properly evaluated, the overhead cables and ground condition assessed, the staging assembles as an absolutely safe erection system.

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