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The Right Way of Erecting a Mobile Scaffolding

Updated on July 31, 2014
Mobile scaffolds come in different sizes.
Mobile scaffolds come in different sizes. | Source

If you’re in the construction business or anything related to it like painting or even the setting up of structures in events and concerts, then you will come across the need for a mobile scaffolding.

What is mobile scaffolding in the first place? It is also called a rolling tower and just like a regular scaffolding system, it is an effective, efficient, and safe work platform. What sets it apart is that it is very easy and quick to set up, helping you to get working in a jiffy. Add to the fact that it also costs less than the typical, heavy scaffolds.

Now let’s proceed to the correct way of erecting and dismantling a mobile scaffolding system.

Step 1: Safety first.

Before you start with the construction of the tower, you must first make sure you have the right safety gear and equipment with you. Start with the hard hat or helmet, a high visibility top, a pair of appropriate work pants and pair of work boots. Always be aware of the need to be safe at work.

Step 2: Secure the area.

You must ensure that the work area where you will be setting up the scaffolding is secured. Place warning signages to inform people that construction is ongoing and that only authorized personnel are allowed to go through the area. Use bollards, fences and guards as needed.

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Step 3: Scaffold components

These components may vary depending on the mobile tower system being used. But common are the adjustable castors or adjustable base plates. Other components are sole boards, scaffold frames, horizontal and plan braces, diagonal braces, scaffold decks, internal access ladder, guard rails, and kickboards.

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Step 4: Erection procedure

Place the casters in the base of the frames on all sides. Ensure that the castor brakes are applied for your safety.

Stand the frame upward then attach the horizontal braces to the frames. Insert the castors to the second frame then attach the frame to the horizontal braces. Make sure they are secured.

Next, attach the plan braces to the opposite corners. It should now be standing up on its own and looking almost complete.

Use a levelling tool to check if the frames are levelled. If not, adjust it through the castor nuts.

Then attach the blue diagonal braces between frames and form a zig zag pattern. You should then check all of the braces first if they are secured before you put any load on the scaffolding.

Once you're satisfied with the height of the scaffold, you can now put a temporary deck can be installed to allow the continued erection of the scaffold. You can then use additional frames to achieve the desired the height. Make sure you use spring clips to keep these additional frames in place.

Each additional frame should be secured using blue diagonal braces. Continue the zig zag formation before you add more frames.

Once you’ve installed the last platform, you can now place the guards on the frames. You can then attach the ladder to the top of the guard rail and the lower part to the lower frame. Finally install the toe boards to the platform.

What's Next?

Now that your mobile scaffolding is complete, you may also want to know how to dismantle it correctly. Just watch the video posted above to see both the erection and the dismantling procedures.

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