Safeguard Your Construction Projects with High-Quality Scaffolding

Construction sites are one of the busiest places on the planet. With skilled workers of many different specialities working in tandem, great sites are well-oiled machines… when the right equipment is there to help.

When it comes to having the right equipment on-site, most will agree that safe scaffolding is absolutely critical. It serves as a backbone for the workers, allowing crews to safely work at heights without diminishing project timelines.

But what makes scaffolds so critical to safety, and how can we get the most out of them as professionals in the construction industry? In this blog post, we’re exploring how scaffolding safeguards your employees and how it contributes to the success of your projects.

Scaffolding: The Foundation of Safety

According to Australia’s guidelines for safe working at heights, scaffolding is the first port of call when solid ground or solid construction is not there to rely on. It’s a dedicated workspace for workers to get on with their tasks, and the right system is always designed to accommodate tools and materials that expedite the construction process.

Technically classified as a fall prevention system, scaffolding is essential to reducing construction-related injuries and fatalities. The best systems provide a secure platform for workers, reducing the risk of falls as much as possible while providing the ability to get work done at height in a timely fashion.

Great scaffolding systems are also about providing safe, efficient access to different areas of the site. Not only does this speed up the project, but it also reduces the need for any makeshift solutions that may compromise the safety of the crew. On top of that, it should minimise the risk of accidents caused by clutter or restricted movement.

The key, as with most on-site equipment, is to choose high-quality scaffolding that can weather any number of issues without jeopardising crew members.

What Makes Scaffolding High Quality?

With so many options out there, how can you tell whether a particular scaffolding system is high-quality? There are three key factors we advise looking into:

Compliance

Ease of Assembly

Durability and Stability

Reputable scaffold manufacturers are as careful as possible with industry compliance, ensuring that anyone who uses the system will be as safe as houses. Great scaffolding systems are easy to assemble and disassemble. Not only does this expedite project timelines, but it also minimises the chance of injury. High-quality scaffolding supplies are made from lightweight, strong and durable materials like aluminium, as they are less prone to wear and tear over time.

Before purchasing a scaffolding system, make sure to investigate both the manufacturers and the system itself thoroughly. Dive deep into their maintenance guidelines, their assembly guidelines, and their materials information to confirm the system’s quality for yourself.

From there, once the scaffolding is in your hands, it’s up to you to make the most out of it.

How to Get the Most Out of Your Scaffolding

Train for Installation

All crews should be trained on how to safely and efficiently erect scaffolding they will be using. Whether you’re installing edge protection or a walkway scaffold platform, your crew needs to know what issues to look for and how to resolve them in a timely manner. That’s why, at INTAKS, we offer comprehensive guidelines that help our customers get the most out of our proprietary system.

Pay Attention to Load Limits

The load limit or load capacity on your scaffolding tells you how much weight it can safely bear. Exceeding these limits is bad news, leading to potential instability and even equipment failure. So, ensure your team is vigilant about not overloading the platform with tools, workers, or materials.

Access and Egress Points

Safely entering and exiting the platform is core to safely working at heights, as bumps or knocks at height can lead to dangerous falls. Establish designated access and egress points once your system is erected, ensuring they’re clearly marked.

Choose the Right System

Of course, one of the most important parts of safeguarding your construction project is to choose the right scaffolding system for the job. The right system must be thoroughly vetted, include comprehensive documentation for assembly, and suit the needs of your particular project.

High-quality scaffolding isn’t just a tool; it’s the ultimate safeguard for your projects. It plays a pivotal role in protecting your workers, adhering to work-safe standards, and crossing the finish line on time.

If you’re prioritising your scaffolding as part of your equipment purchases, then you’re officially on the right track. And if you’re ever in need of further advice, the team at INTAKS is here to help.

A system built by professionals for professionals.

The INTAKS scaffolding and edge protection system was born from hours of careful thought, design, and testing. Developed for busy construction crews that need versatile systems with safety at their core, this is a cost-effective solution no matter how you run your site.

Browse our selection of scaffolds or get in touch with the INTAKS AU team to learn more about our range today.