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There are many different applications when using scaffold towers. For example some customers are using the stock to access a chimney stack. This work requires a working at height solution that protects you from slipping of the roof. Because our staff have been industry trained they can professionally advise you before you start your project.
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Who regulates the industry?
PASMA or the pre-fabricated access manufacturers association work with the health and safety executive and other government bodies. They set standards as to access equipment and scaffold tower also podium steps and ladders. This organisation sets the standards by which manufacturers must follow based on findings they receive from manufacturers and health and safety officers. Training and advice is also given to end users to make sure that they are certificated to correct scaffold and meet all the relevant safety requirements.
How to build a tower?
You don’t need any specific skills or special equipment to put up a tower. You should always follow the manufacturers instruction manual step-by-step. Here is an overview of how to erect an access tower but this shouldn’t be taken as an instruction manual, which you should follow to get a safe structure.
Firstly you start off with the casters which are the wheels and the adjustable legs attach these two together. Then find the smallest frames in the set that you have. Take the span frame and push the casters and legs and then the ladder frame and repeat this process.
Next use a red brace and attach it sideways to the frame. Next use a red hand rail brace and pushed back down on the lowest run of both frames. You should use a spirit level now to adjust the tower and make sure that all four sides are straight and plumb.
Now add more end frames and start to attach the blue diagonal braces in accordance with the instruction manuals bracing pattern. The initial trap door deck platform can now go on the tower at a height of around 2 m. Climb the scaffold tower and go through the trap door trap and sit on the platform from this position take the red braces and place 4 no. either side of the platform that you are sitting on.
Make sure these are secure before standing on the platform. You should now go down and attach the outriggers or stabilisers to the scaffold tower if you want build it higher than the two metre platform. Continue to build the scaffold tower in accordance with the instruction manual.
How high can you go with an Access tower?
It all depends on a number of factors. For example, internally most access towers with large stabilisers can go up to 12 m platform height or 14 m working height. Externally where you have to take into consideration the wind factor and other environmental situations 8 m platform height is usually the limit. If you tie the scaffold into the building by using two-way ties or Hilti hooks many manufacturers will allow you to go higher than this. But you will need to call the manufacturer for further instructions and technical data with this setup.
Different types of access towers and their uses.
There are several variants of access tower that can be used in different environments.
GRP scaffold can be used in clean environments such as the catering trade. But its most popular use is in areas of electrical danger such as underground station or buildings that have gone live electric with some areas unprotected from dangers. Also many sensitive electronic environments such as data centres insist on GRP products being used so as not to harm sensitive equipment.
Cantilever sections can be used with towers to help operators to reach over immovable objects. For example a householder may have people that he needs to access over the top of. Using a cantilever section a scaffold can be erected next to the porch and the cantilever will enable him to bridge over the top of it. It can also be used in offices to gain access over tables and desks and also in factories where machinery might block the operator from replacing lights for example.
Many contractors work building lift shafts and operating on maintenance in these areas. For this, scaffolding needs to be very narrow and short. These configurations are available from most good hire companies.
Stairwells can be very difficult for many project managers and facilities companies. Stairlift scaffolds are a perfect solution for this and make these kinds of projects very safe to undertake. They can be assembled by one man and the better access towers even allow users to continue to use the stairs while work is going on above.
Walk through frames are perfect for shopfronts where the operator needs to carry out maintenance above an active doorway where people need to still need access.
Bridge beam sections can be used by people needing access to large areas of a ceiling for example. This special frame is a way to connect to access towers together and make a platform that is, in effect, four times larger in width than a standard access tower. Special instructions on how to connect the towers can be obtained through your hire company. If used correctly they can make a project go a lot more smoothly, cut down on the time spent and labour costs.
There is a scaffold that can be used on the roof this requires some technical skill and is not always advisable in every situation. It’s probably best to call before you hire to discuss your needs.
What is the difference between scaffolding and a scaffold tower?
Many are confused about the difference. Fundamentally, scaffolding comes on a large lorry with clips and couplers platforms transoms and ledges. The team of trained professionals will erect this structure which will remain un-movable and permanent until they come back again and take it down. This service is perfect for long term project work like building an extension loft conversions or extensive repair work to the outside of a property.
But for those that want to paint their property replace a couple of windows doing minor repairs on the roof of the house, access tower will normally suffice. It’s cheaper, is mobile, easier to work with and is available for next day delivery.