Scaffold Towers - A Guide for UK Consumers.
5 August 2015 14:06:31 GMT
Scaffolding towers are key tools for UK Tradespeople and home owners a like for undertaking work at height. Aluminium scaffolding towers are nearly always more stable than ladders as they are self-supporting and do not rely upon been leaned against another structure, meaning no risk of slipping like with a ladder. Though a ladder stopper can mitigate the risk of slipping slightly, they cannot remove the risk entirely. A scaffold tower helps speed up work by increasing the mobility available to work men. For a task such as painting a scaffold tower does not need to be constantly repositioned, unlike with an extension ladder. This reduces fatigue and is just one of the many benefits of a tower scaffold.
Scaffolding Tower Safety
Safety is of the upmost importance when assembling, dismantling and using a scaffold tower. The Health and Safety Executive have helped to develop good practise guidelines with scaffold tower manufacturers setting out how they are taken down, erected and moved. Following the manufacturer’s instructions is thus of the upmost importance to ensure the safety of those working on aluminium scaffold towers.
Types of Scaffold Towers
There are many manufacturers of scaffold towers available in the United Kingdom, from British made towers through to imports from Europe and frequently nowadays low quality imports from China and the rest of the Far East. Certain suppliers even make towers that are compatible with other companies, whilst some claim to be compatible with certain products and are most certainly not. Making it all the more important that you buy your scaffold towers from a reputable dealer with lots of experience in the industry, such as ourselves.
Materials used in scaffolding towers.
Steel and aluminium are the most common materials for towers with fibreglass/GRP scaffold towers been used for electrical work. Aluminium is more expensive but makes up for this in its substantial weight saving over steel. In general towers for domestic use may be made from steel due to their low cost, but they frequently do not comply with regulations for trade and industrial use. The vast majority of trade and industrial towers will be made from aluminium over steel. Towers should be built to BS EN1004 and preferably be kite marked, or the equivalent in the nation of manufacture. Such as a TUV mark for German made Scaffold towers.