What is steel scaffolding?
Steel is the most commonly used material for scaffolding. Steel scaffolding is extremely durable with high strength and is comparable to other scaffolding materials such as aluminium and wood.
Scaffolding is a temporary structure that is used in various areas of construction, maintenance and repair work. This is because it provides access to work in locations that are high and/ or remote. Predominantly, it is made from steel, bamboo or timber. The main purpose of erecting scaffolding is to provide a platform for a worker to work at different heights, or to lift materials for immediate use.
What are the main types of scaffolds?
There are several main types of scaffolding: single scaffolding, double scaffolding, steel scaffolding and cantilever scaffolding.
Steel scaffolding, otherwise known as ‘tubular scaffolding’, has a similar structure to double and single scaffolding. The difference lies in the material used. Unlike single and double scaffolding, steel scaffolding uses steel tubing rather than timber, and instead of rope lashing, it uses steel couples. The standards are fixed into the ground using a base plate.
Single scaffolding is commonly made from bamboo or timbers and features a series of vertical standards firmly fixed into the ground in a row and parallel to the construction or building wall. Rope lashing is used to tie the standards with horizontal ledgers.
Double scaffolding is commonly used in stone masonry as it is stronger than single scaffolding. Unlike single scaffolding, double scaffolding has two rows of standards that are fixed into the ground. The first row is fixed close to the wall, and the second is fixed 1.5m away from the first row.
Cantilever scaffolding is used when it’s not possible to fix standard into the ground, or if construction work is being carried out on the side of a busy road or street, or if it’s being carried out at a high level on a tall building.
What are the advantages of using steel?
Steel scaffolding has a higher carrying capacity and provides a firm steady standing structure. It can remain strong even during intense weather conditions such as wind and heavy rain.
Compared to other materials, steel is durable and more economical in the long run. It also has more fire-resisting capacity and is far more suitable and safe for those working at height. It is also widely used in the construction industry because it offers the greatest safety for workers.
This type of scaffolding can also be erected and dismantled quickly in comparison to timber scaffolding, which helps save construction time.
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