When do you need a fibreglass scaffold tower?
4 May 2017 08:15:24 GMT
The vast majority of scaffold towers available on the market are made using aluminium. However, you may have noticed a growing trend for towers to be available made in fibreglass. So does this mean that you need to consider investing in a fibreglass tower as well?
The fact is that fibreglass towers are not necessarily better than metal towers, but they are used for specific purposes. It could be the case that you could really benefit from having a fibreglass tower available. Let’s have a look at why it might be worth you buying a fibreglass model.
Non-conducting scaffold tower
The main reason that you would need a fibreglass tower is if you are working with electrical hazards. Working at height already has inherent risks before you consider working in dangerous conditions with electricity. Unfortunately due to the nature of the material, metal scaffold towers conduct electricity. This means that if you are standing on one that comes into contact with electrical current, you could end up receiving a serious electric shock.
Fibreglass does not conduct electricity, so a tower made from the material can keep you safe in the event of an accident. If you believe that you are going to be working in proximity to electrical hazards then it is vital that you should invest in a fibreglass scaffold tower.
Other advantages of fibreglass
Aside from the fact that it is safe to use around electricity, fibreglass does have some other benefits to consider. The natural properties of the material means that it does not oxidise or corrode as aluminium or other metals can if they are not properly maintained. If scaffold towers corrode it can leave them unsafe to use which means they will need to be replaced. This gives fibreglass towers the potential to have a longer lifespan.
They can be purchased to the same height and size as aluminium towers, so you don’t need to worry that you would have to compromise on the tower that you are looking for. The material is also non-sparking, which reduces any risks if you are working around combustible materials like gas or chemicals.
Are there any downsides?
It is generally the case that there is nothing that an aluminium tower can do that a fibreglass tower can’t, so it that sense there are no downsides to buying a fibreglass model. You should be aware that in some cases the load that the towers are able to hold is slightly less than their aluminium counterparts.
It should also be noted that fibreglass towers can be more expensive that standard towers. However, the cost should not come into the matter if you are buying your tower for safety reasons.
If you have any additional questions about fibreglass towers or the range of options that are available to you, please contact us today. Our team is highly experienced in all aspects of scaffold towers and can provide you with the advice and guidance you need to make an informed decision.