Some safe alternatives to scaffolding include ladders, access towers, access platforms, and boom lifts. Scaffolding is the most common and preferred solution when working at heights for extended periods. Scaffold towers offer a lot of safety for construction workers and materials since the platforms allow for free movement when on the tower. But what to do when you can’t access scaffolding?
Scaffolding however takes up a lot of space and time and is not always the most convenient means to use. Here are the alternatives that you can use where scaffolding is not applicable:
A ladder is the most common alternative to a scaffold tower that you can use. Ladders offer an easy way to access high-up areas without much struggle. Ladders are pretty easily accessible and most people have ladders at home.
If you are looking to reach even further higher up by using a ladder, then you should consider using adjustable ladders. The adjustable ladder’s height can be extended. A common disadvantage of ladders is that they cannot be used for extended periods. You will quickly get tired. A ladder is also an affordable way to paint outside the house without using a scaffold.
2. Access towers
An access tower has the same capabilities and appearance as regular scaffolding. Access towers are however not as large as traditional scaffolding and can also not be custom-built. The major difference is the fact that access towers do not require the scaffolder to be present for installation and it is more of a DIY type project.
The towers come in different sizes that allow the user a wide range to choose from when selecting the size of access tower to use.
3. Boom lifts
Also known as powered access booms, these convenient machines can be used both indoors and outdoors. Coming with powered manoeuvrability, boom lifts allow you to reach difficult-to-access spots with a lot of ease.
4. Scissor lifts
The wheeled base units on scissor lifts make them very easy to move around when you are working with them. They offer a perfect solution for projects which require you to move repeatedly. Scissor lifts are popular for their ease of adjustability, stability, and safety.
5. Access platform
Access platforms are an alternative to scaffolding that is similar to access towers. The platform is rectangular and can be extended, making access towers particularly better suited to reaching higher heights.
With proper knowledge of the alternatives that you have to scaffold towers, you can now have an easier time in hiring access equipment. Hiring the proper access equipment will save you both money and time in your projects. You should always go for that access option that will bring you the most convenience in your work.