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5 Scaffolding Options For Residential Construction

by Jessica Kane

Various types of scaffolding options are utilized for residential construction today. Different platforms provide construction workers a safe place to work with their building materials. These different options are not just used in construction, but can be utilized by repair workers, window cleaners, for accessing higher level objects and in many other ways. Scaffolding is used to ensure the safety of everyone who works on a construction site, as is the obligation of employers to oversee for their employees. Learn more about various scaffolding options for residential construction in our latest guest blog and feel free to add your comments, thoughts or questions below. Enjoy!

Scaffolding needs to be simply assembled, rearranged, moved and dismantled by those in qualified to do so. This should be a separate part of the construction site teams, as inspections need to be carried out daily, but also after any modifications are done to the scaffolding arrangement. These inspections are done to ensure the safety, support and stability of the scaffolding for workers. Damage to scaffolds needs to be repaired regularly, before and after any work continues each day. Scaffolding upkeep is an essential part of any well run construction site maintenance. This is true no matter what type of scaffold design is being used by a construction crew and the employer overseeing their work. 

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Five types are used primarily in construction work today. Of these, only three are used for most residential construction sites, but this article will cover all of them. These varieties of scaffolding are known by the individual classification names. These being supported, suspended, rolling, mobile and aerial lifts individually. 

Supported Scaffolding

This scaffolding type is considered by many to be the safest and easiest form of scaffold design to use. It is also easily the most cost effective type for almost any construction site need. When elevation is an issue, this is the most commonly utilized scaffolding design and the choice of many modern construction companies for being easy to arrange by qualified workers. For situations when scaffolding is required to take on heavier weight, then additional support maybe required with supported scaffolds. This is can be true if long scaffolding is necessary, but it still is sure to be easier to set up and dismantle for residential construction. In modern construction, this is the choice for many different construction workers and their employers for safety. 

Suspended Scaffolding

This scaffolding type is used when working from a roof or taller construction point. Scaffolds like this are often utilized when building a base would be difficult, or even is impossible. Often this type scaffolding is used where workers need to access an upper level of a building from the ground level, but cannot do so. For the same reason, this type scaffolding can be used for repair work on high point upper level constructions. Window cleaning companies sometimes use these scaffolds to clean higher block window sets. Suspended scaffolding is considered a good combination of safety and versatility in modern scaffolding design. 

Rolling Scaffolding

This type of scaffold is similar in many ways to supported scaffolding, but it is more movable. Rolling scaffolds utilize caster wheels along the base of the design which allow the scaffolds to be moved around without dismantling it or adding anything to it. The wheels are made to be locked in place, so the scaffolding can be moved simply and workers can immediately return to their working positions after repositioning it. This type of scaffold is well suited for construction sites that cover a wide distance or work area. This type of scaffolding ensures safety for those working on it and those working around it. 

Mobile Scaffolding

This form of scaffolding can be used, after a number of factors are considered first. One should think about the ease of accessing the scaffolds and how much traffic will be moving along it. Mobile scaffolds can save time, if there is the need for multiple scaffolding installations. Mobile scaffolds may also save time, if the site warrants a static scaffold that will have to be rebuilt and demolished multiple times. Even so, the nature of a mobile scaffold has inherently higher risk in contrast to other static scaffolding designs. This type of scaffold is often used in residential construction of sites like apartments or condominiums, but it is not the only safe option for such construction works. 

Aerial Lift Scaffolding 

These are sometimes called aerial platforms, these scaffolds are the most common vehicle mounted types of scaffolds. There are scissor type aerial platforms and aerial lift scaffolds that utilize rotating or telescopic boom mounts. These allow multiple workers accessibility to multiple levels of a job site. These scaffolds are generally used for working on building exteriors, but primarily those sites which are still under construction. Aerial lifted scaffolds will be propped up, so they can handle both the materials for construction work and the weight of workers on site. These type of scaffolds are also utilized for bulk materials and lifting them to sections of the construction site. Multiple workers can be moved using aerial lift scaffolding, because it is a much more secure design with support of weight in mind. 

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In conclusion, when choosing between the various scaffolding options for residential construction, it is best to choose the safest type for your workers' needs. This means choosing a type that offers stability, support and can be integrated within the construction site, but also be dismantled reasonably easy. No matter what scaffolding is chosen, it should reflect the needs for worker safety and construction efficiency, so that everyone can work secure in the knowledge that their best interests are being considered. Scaffolds are a basic necessity at any modern construction work site and should be held to a high standard of quality by the people who make use of them. All employers should invest in high quality scaffolding, to ensure their workers never get hurt on the job or need worry about the safety of their co-workers on a job site. Without scaffolding nobody could do their daily work regiment feeling safe and secure, this makes well engineered scaffolding an necessary part of all construction work today.

About the author: Jessica Kane is a professional blogger who writes for Scaffold Store, the favorite and trusted scaffold supplier of the largest contractors.

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