Scaffolding is a critical component in industrial and construction settings when people need to work at heights. Scaffolding hire is a reasonable option when you need the equipment for short-term use. The extract below details some tips you should observe when hiring a scaffold.
Work With A Reputable Service
There are numerous scaffolding rental services. So, how can you narrow your choice to one service?
- Assess the quality of equipment the company offers. Obviously, you want to use the latest scaffold technology on the market. For instance, some scaffolds integrate robots to deliver materials to workers on the platform.
- Examine the company's ability to understand your project specifications. Some companies will visit your site and assess the workbooks to ensure the scaffold offered meets your site requirements.
- The company should tailor a customised rental package. For instance, they should offer scaffolders to install and inspect the equipment if you do not have trained scaffolders at the site. Some companies will also offer free or discounted transport.
- The company should have reasonable rental terms. For example, if you intend to hire the scaffolding for several months, they could opt not to charge when the equipment is not in use.
- The company's charges should be within the market rates. It ensures you get value for your money.
Observe Safety At Your Site
Safety is a critical aspect of scaffold operations. As a rule, you should not compromise on scaffold installation, regardless of how fast you want the project completed. The scaffold should be installed or fixed on a firm surface to prevent it from collapsing during storms or when loaded.
Educate your site personnel on how to use the scaffolding. For instance, show them the location of the ladders. Besides, ensure they have protective gear when working on the scaffolding. Insist on scaffold discipline. For example, they should not overload the equipment. Besides, they should not throw tools at each other or climb the scaffold in undesignated areas. When working at extreme heights, they must have fall protection systems.
The appointed scaffolder should inspect the scaffold after every shift. Typically, they should look out for broken platforms, bent poles and loose or missing couplers. If the equipment needs repairs, they should be conducted before the next shift. The scaffolder should also supervise scaffold use. For instance, they could advise workers to disembark the equipment if the prevailing weather (such as storms and rain) is not ideal for scaffold use.
Renting a scaffold should be easy with the above tips. Work with a reputable service that understands your needs and observes safety at your site.