Can you use scaffolding on a slope or uneven ground?
Yes, you can. Uneven or sloping grounds rarely prevent a sturdy scaffolding structure being erected by our experienced scaffold experts.
To tackle bumps and lumps in the ground, it is necessary to use scaffolding with adjustable components. This will ensure that the scaffold doesn’t get destabilised by any uneven surface.
With adjustable legs, you can quickly level your scaffold tower on uneven ground to make it safe for use on both slopes and uneven ground.
Where necessary, it is possible to create an even surface to work on; this can be achieved through securing a large baseplate at ground level. If you have any concerns about erecting scaffolding on an uneven surface, it is always advisable to consult professional scaffolders.
How to set up scaffolding on uneven ground
As a starting point, make sure to use a scaffold frame designed with casters or base plates. If you don’t take this necessary step then the frame tubes can get damaged and your scaffold will be structurally weakened.
To prevent sinking into soft soils or hot asphalt, it is a good idea to put wood under each leg, even when using a base plate. Although not necessary when working on concrete, it is a good idea to set the scaffold on blocks. It is ideal to have a slight flex in the wood as this ensures an even distribution of weight.
When working on an uneven surface, never set the scaffold on masonry or stacks of wood; you want to level and plumb the scaffold with an adjustable base jack instead.
How do you level scaffolding?
The best way to level scaffolding is to move the scaffold into the position where you’ll use it, then add the blocks under each baseplate or wheel. If you’re using wheels, lock them. Then set long, straight on the bottom bar of the end frame; after this, you can adjust the level with screws.
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