Safety Tips While Using Scaffold Equipment

When you are doing a construction job, painting project, or cleaning service that will require you to work at elevated heights, you may need to get in touch with a professional Scaffolding Rental company. 

When renting a scaffold, always get in touch with a company with a long experience in renting out or selling scaffolding sets. You may get lower rates from a rental company that has been in existence for a long time compared to one that is only starting. 

Renting vs. Purchasing Scaffolding

Renting construction equipment will provide you with a much cheaper way of completing projects without having to shell out large sums of money when you purchase your own. When you rent out scaffolding equipment, you can always choose the sturdiest looking from among the choices available to you. Here are the other benefits of renting a scaffolding. 

  • Convenience

When you rent, the Scaffolding Rental company will be responsible for transporting the equipment to your construction site and may assemble the scaffolding for you. When you rent, you will not have to worry about setting up the scaffolding correctly. 

  • Less Worry on Storage

Scaffolding for very high construction projects will take up a lot of storage space when disassembled and not in use. When you rent, you do not have to worry about where to store the bulky equipment. 

  • No Need for Paperwork

When you purchase scaffolding equipment for your company, you have to ensure that it complies with the scaffolds and scaffolding work guidance standards set by the Australian Work Health and Safety Regulations or WHS. These regulations will require your scaffolding equipment to be inspected every 30 days of usage. When you rent, you will not have to worry about complying with the WHS regulations since the rental company will have already made sure of their compliance. 

Renting Tips for Scaffold Safety

The safety of using rented scaffolding can easily be achieved by ensuring that you follow the following tips. 

  • Plan Ahead

When you are planning to rent scaffolding equipment, please take note of what you need it for. Are you going to use it indoors or outdoors? Do you need scaffolding equipment that you can easily adjust and transfer from one area to another? When using the scaffolding outdoors, check for any obstructions such as powerlines or tree branches. Also, take account of the ground conditions where your scaffolding will be set up. Will you need additional features or equipment to keep your scaffolding stable and secure? 

  • Choose Equipment Based on Your Plan

Most Scaffolding Rental companies will have a variety of scaffolding to choose from, including drywall scaffolding, tubular welded-frame scaffolding, mass climber units, and systems scaffolding. You can ask the rental company’s experts on the type of scaffolding that you will be needed based on the list you have made in Tip no. 1. They will be more than happy to give you the equipment that will suit your requirements. 

  • Check for Completeness

Some Scaffolding Rental companies may make arrangements for them to install the equipment on your construction site. While this arrangement may be more expensive, it will guarantee that the experts handle the installation. However, if you choose to assemble the scaffolding on your own, make sure that you have received all the parts needed to assemble the equipment properly.  

  • Ensure Safety

Hire a competent scaffold person on-site to help erect or supervise the assembly and disassembly of the equipment. Do not take shortcuts. Always install the necessary outriggers, guardrails, braces, and other features needed to work safely on top of the scaffolds. Remember that OSHA standards will require an inspection of projects that use scaffolding at a certain height. It is better to be safe than sorry. 

 Always remember to use as much care in both the assembling and disassembling processes of your scaffolds.  

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