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Scaffolding protects the safety of any contractors and labourers that work from height. Unfortunately, this poses a risk in many sectors, particularly construction, and scaffolding can help to prevent accidents. It’s also increasingly common to build vertically as the more expansive land space becomes more limited. It means the structure is more important now than ever. For any contractor to work legally, properly installed scaffolding is essential to comply with regulations. Scaffolders must be trained to follow health and safety procedures. It also ensures a more convenient working environment and makes it easier to get the job done efficiently.
There are various types of scaffolding, depending on the project. It can include single scaffolding, double scaffolding, steel scaffolding, cantilever scaffolding, suspended scaffolding, and trestle scaffolding. Single and double are commonly used for masonry works and other renovations. You can expect to see these on a residential project, for example. Steel scaffolding is similar but more durable and expensive. More specialist types are used to provide access at greater heights or on busy streets, for instance. The style of scaffolding used entirely depends on the building and surrounding area.
Scaffolding comes in three general types according to the load they can withstand. These are light-duty, medium-duty, and heavy-duty. Heavy-duty can hold 240kg per square metre, making it incredibly tough. This level of strength is not necessary for all construction projections. Light duty can manage 120kg per square metre, perfectly sufficient for smaller, residential and commercial projects. The important thing is that the scaffolding is designed by a qualified person who can accurately calculate the desired load capacity according to tools, equipment, transmitted loads, and the total weight of all people working on the scaffolding project.