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Evaluation & Selection of Scaffolding Systems

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Scaffold
Rajalingam
Head Scaffolding-Operations(India)
L&T Constructions

Scaffold is a temporary elevated platform and its supporting structure used for supporting workmen, materials or both” in the construction or repair of buildings and other large structural maintenance.

Scaffold Selection

Scaffolding depends on selection of the right system for the job to use in Safe and Efficient way. if the selected scaffold is unsuited for the task, or if necessary components are not available, the assemble and use of the same is not acceptable.

Selection of scaffolding and related components requires an understanding of site conditions and the works to be undertaken.

Employers must consider the following below points :

  • The weight of the workers, tools, materials and equipment’s to be carried by the scaffold (safe work load)
  • Site conditions (interior, exterior, backfill, concrete floors, type and conditions of wall, access for the equipment’s, variations in elevations, anchorage points, etc.)
  • Height to which or where the scaffold may be erected (overhead powerlines, tie-backs)
  • Type of work that will be done from the scaffold (masonry work, sandblasting, painting, metal siding, mechanical installation, suspended ceiling installation)

 

 

Duration of work

  • Weather conditions, including wind and ice build –up
  • Requirements for pedestrian traffic through and under the scaffold area,
  • Means of access to the scaffold
  • Configuration of the building or structure being worked on
  • Special assembly or dismantling circumstance
  • Temporary fencing to limit unapproved access
  • Access to Heights
  • Ladders
  • Scaffold Towers
  • Hoists
  • Mobile Elevating Work Platforms
  • Mast Climbing Work Platforms
  • Man-Riding Skips
  • Access from Heights
  • Suspended Access
  • Abseiling
  • Special Requirements
  • Access to below Ground
  • Access over Water
  • Segregation of workers from Machinery & Plant
  • Work Adjacent to Roads & Railways
  • Systems scaffolding
  • Steel Based Scaffolds
  • Tube & clamps
  • Frame type
  • Wedge lock or Kwik stage
  • Cuplock
  • Ringlock
  • Aluminium framed towers
  • System Scaffolding Configuration & Applications
  • Facades
  • Curved & Circular(Circular tanks)
  • Stairway Towers
  • Cantilever scaffold
  • Drop Lift scaffold
  • Mobile tower, Modular Mobile Gantry Scaffold
  • Independent tied Scaffold, Static or Independent towers, Free Standing Independent tower
  • Interior Access Birdcage tower
  • Loading Towers
  • Suspended scaffold, Suspended or Hanging scaffold
  • Access Towers
  • Industrial / Petrochemical
  • Civil Construction Activities – Rebar, Plastering, Painting & Finishing, False ceiling  – M & E Works
  • Refurbishment
  • Commercial-Events / Stages/ Advertisement Towers
  • Cladding
  • Roof Works
  • Ship Building
  • Flight Maintenance
  • Temporary seating & Staging or Stadiums

Conclusion

With the selection of Scaffolding, Considering the present market scenario’s adopting an electronic scaffolding management system can substantially contribute to the goal of operating excellence while reducing operational costs. It will also relatively well and benefits are based on more effective & efficient administration systems to enforce procedure prior to start, during & after work as well as identifying key areas of improvement due to better analytical results.

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