The Importance of Proper Assembly and Dismantling in Scaffolding

December 9, 2015


Scaffolding components are relatively easy to put together and take apart, but they're still regarded as potentially dangerous, especially when the structure defined by the collected parts is potentially unsafe. Assembly and dismantling in scaffolding disarms the dangerous aspects of scaffolding, the potential for serious harm, by employing proper fastening techniques, the expert fastening of one part to the next, or the fluent reversal of the process.

Scaffolding Safety Concerns Everyone

Unlike most site-related work, assembly and dismantling in scaffolding goes beyond the individual. Even a worker heading to the far corner of a work area can be adversely affected by a haphazardly erected scaffolding tower. An unaware member of the general public walks close to the boundaries of the project. The scaffold is high overhead, fastened in place but out of a wandering pedestrian’s field of view, and substandard erection practices loom over this unsuspecting walker. It's therefore essential to assign the duty of assembling this dangerous framework to a seasoned scaffolding professional, someone who can convert this potential hazard into a reliable working framework. The general public, passing work crews, and the actual employees working on the platforms of the scaffold, therefore, all receive an equal boost in safety-conscious erection.

Everyman Protection Practices

Safety-conscious employees have worked on scaffolding structures for decades. They've seen the safety films and know the risks after undergoing frequently updated training schemes. Unfortunately, all kinds of personnel work at height. Architects and project managers climb the towers. Painters and window washers navigate the platforms, getting up the nerve to scale the next level. It's important that the practices employed in assembly and dismantling in scaffolding work accounts for these workers. This is done by following nationally and internationally relevant safety guidelines and overlaying the basic structure with safety features. Stability is naturally reinforced by focusing on surface features, on adding angular outrigger components and additional supports, but the addition of redundancy features still goes some way to doubling up on this installation work. For example, upright ladders or zigzagging step-equipped access passageways should be fitted if the structure is to be used by craftsmen who work in many fields.

Prevent onsite accidents and offsite incidents by adopting an authoritative assembly procedure, but never forget the dismantling phase. Gravity is an unforgiving master, meaning we want to get the parts down quickly so that they can be relocated or packed away, but this desire to lower the temporary metal framework is risky business and should be regarded with the same conscientious attention to detail as the erection stage. Ensure all gear is cleared away, all tools and construction material, then gradually dismantle the tower in approximately the same order as it was put together.

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