A very common type of scaffolding is stair tower scaffolding. These systems are used to reach a point at a certain height, like a scaffold platform, valves in an industrial application, or an entry point into a building. These systems must be well maintained, assembled properly, and always used correctly. Also, the quality of the material being used for the stair tower scaffolding is of utmost importance.
Why is stair tower scaffolding safety necessary?
The most critical aspect of stair tower scaffolding safety is your workers. An adequately maintained stair tower, is only used by trained and instructed workers. When workers are confident about safety, they can focus on the job at hand. This automatically increases productivity. That’s why there are regulations governing the safe use and erection of stair towers.
What are some of the stair tower scaffolding dangers?
The following are some of the specific dangers you must consider when working with stair tower scaffolding:
- Falls: This is the greatest danger and most obvious risk when working with stair towers. Your workers are most at risk for a fall when either erecting or dismantling this type of scaffolding. Collapses: Though a stair tower should rarely collapse or fall over if it isn’t assembled correctly, this can happen. Stair towers often fall when they’re assembled incorrectly, positioned without using stability tools, or struck by a passing vehicle.
- Manual Injuries: These are the injuries that occur when workers move up and down the stair tower carrying heavy items up to the platform to use. It is critical to take steps to lessen this potential risk.
- Falling Debris: Workers and the stair tower can be struck by falling pieces of equipment or parts. This can result in serious injury or something more severe. The risks of this happening are highest when the stair tower scaffold is being erected or dismantled.
Why it’s Important to Safely Erect & Dismantle a Stair Tower?
Many of the risks are amplified when the stair tower is being assembled or dismantled. It is for this reason why safety is paramount throughout the use of the stair tower. You must pay attention to the details and follow all of the assembly instructions closely so that only experienced personnel erect and dismantle the stair tower.
Are Stair Tower Inspections Really that Important?
The simple answer is yes. At Layher, we can’t emphasize enough that pre-use checks and inspections should be done before using stair tower scaffolding. It is crucial. The individual conducting these checks should be competent and trained according to local laws and regulations. If any risks or infractions are discovered, they should be dealt with before the scaffolding is used.
Once the stair tower has been erected, it should be inspected on a scheduled basis as per local law. If any modifications are made or inclement weather, we at Layher highly recommend that the stair tower scaffold be inspected again.
Stair Tower Scaffolding-Safety Guidelines
It’s easy to say that safety is essential when working with stair tower scaffolding. But it’s another to actually follow through and make sure that you’re being as safe as possible at all times. For us at Layher, that means to stop work the moment any problem is found concerning the stair tower scaffold. Never exceed the height recommendations for whatever reasons. Always be aware of your surroundings, including power lines or overhead obstructions. Do not use the stair tower scaffold when the weather is inclement (i.e., rain, snow, or heavy wind). Always ensure that your workers have the proper training to be using the scaffolding and are wearing the necessary PPE. If you follow these guidelines using the stair tower scaffolding will be an easy and safe experience.