Modular scaffolding is generally used for heavy-duty construction and also due to their flexible nature they are deemed the best scaffolds to use. Modular scaffolds are also known as system scaffolds or prefabricated scaffolding. It’s made of prefabricated braces, components, and accessories. They are standardized individual parts that provide levels at which prefabricated horizontal components may be attached to create a custom-designed structure. Modular scaffolds can be set either outside or inside as they work perfectly on both sides.
Meaning of modular
Modular scaffolding is also known as prefabricated or system scaffolding. It is a modern type of scaffolding that is assembled using prefabricated accessories without necessarily using bolts, nuts, and wedges.
Uses of modular scaffolds
Modular scaffolds have several uses that depend on the nature of your project. They can be used to gain access to any part of the construction, support construction structures, and help in preventing accidents for both the contractors and the passersby.
The modular scaffolds are constructed in a way that they take up smaller storage space when not in use.
The node allows horizontal components to be attached vertically to the vertical component without the use of additional nuts or bolts.
Materials used to make modular scaffolds
A modular scaffolding system is primarily made out of horizontal and vertical components that are pre-built and connected with one another in a systematic and symmetrical order.
Types of modular scaffolds
The load capacity of the modular scaffold
Modular scaffolds are lightweight in nature and hence their load capacity is in excess of 1500 lbs. It’s advisable that when handling any scaffolding work that is heavy-duty when working on tall buildings, the contractors and workers need to know the guidelines on how to handle the scaffolds.
Safety requirements for modular scaffolds
When using modular scaffolds, you should ensure that it’s erected by a qualified and competent person to avoid any unnecessary accidents. It’s also advisable to ensure that you follow all the Work At Height regulations.
Scaffolding users and workers should be given the necessary PPE which includes sturdy boots, safety belts, hard hats, and gloves when they are working at height. The instructions from scaffold manufacturing companies on how to maintain, and erect the scaffold structures should be followed to the latter.
Components of modular scaffolding system
- Diagonal braces.
- Scaffold Tubes
- Toe Boards
- Adjustable Base Plates
The diagonal braces have wedge locks and they support the basic structure consisting of ledgers and vertical standards.
Scaffold tubes are generally made of steel or aluminium which makes them sturdy to support any weight.
Toeboards can be made of either wood, steel, or aluminium. They are placed along exposed edges to prevent workers and materials from falling off the scaffolding.
When choosing adjustable base plates there are different types that come with strong and self-cleaning round threads to adjust to the ground.
Choosing the best option of scaffolding for your project will depend on the type of project at hand. You should conduct thorough research to ensure that you choose a safe option. If you have chosen to use modular scaffolding you should ensure that it has all the components and that it’s erected by a competent person.