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Which Scaffolding System Is Right For Your Construction Project?

Updated: Dec 7, 2023

When it comes to construction projects, having the right scaffolding system can make all the difference. Not only does it provide adequate support for workers and equipment during the construction process, but if you are not using a safe scaffolding setup, then you risk putting yourself or your team in harm's way.

OSHA defines a scaffold as – “any temporary elevated work platform and its supporting structure used to support workers materials or both.”

Scaffolds are classified as either “supported” or “suspended.” Supported scaffolds are constructed on a firm foundation using rigid components, whereas suspended scaffolds are platforms that are hanging by non-rigid means, usually wire ropes. To help make sure you have the correct type of scaffold for any job, let us look at some of the distinct types available and their application.


Frame and Brace Scaffolding – Overview of the most common type of scaffolding system and its uses

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Frame and Brace Scaffolding

When it comes to construction work, safety is a top priority. Frame and brace scaffolds are commonly used on construction sites for their ease of assembly; however, the versatility can be limited in some cases such as irregularly shaped structures.

With its basic design, frame and brace scaffolding system consists of metal tubes and boards that can be easily assembled to create a stable platform for workers. The system can be used for a variety of tasks, such as painting, glazing, gutter replacement, and a wide variety of both commercial and residential exterior building maintenance needs. Plus, they can be adjusted and customized to fit the specific needs of the project.

So, when you see a construction site, take a closer look – chances are the workers are safely supported by a frame and brace scaffolding system.


Suspended Scaffolding System — How this system works and the distinct types of suspended scaffolds.

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Suspended Scaffolding System

A suspended scaffolding system is an essential tool for construction workers to complete projects at heights. This system is not just a simple platform hanging from ropes, but a complex apparatus designed for safety and comfort. The working mechanism of a suspended scaffold involves a work platform suspended by non-rigid means such as wire rope and the support system is located on the roof of the structure.

These are fixed apparatus erected to reach the necessary height for the job from a vertical hanging point. There are several types of suspended scaffolds available, such as single-point, two-point adjustable, and multi-point adjustable systems. Each of these systems has its unique advantages, depending on the project's requirements.

Using the right type of suspended scaffold ensures that workers can reach heights at various angles and distances without compromising their safety.


Mobile Scaffold System – Advantages of using mobile scaffolding for construction or maintenance projects

When it comes to construction or maintenance projects, mobile scaffolding systems offer a range of advantages that make them an ideal choice for professionals. Firstly, these systems provide a safe working environment for workers as they offer great stability and support compared to traditional ladders and are more convenient than a large working platform.

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Additionally, mobile scaffold systems are highly versatile, enabling workers to easily adjust the position of the scaffold as needed by casters or trolley systems. This is particularly useful for larger projects where the work area may need to be accessed from different heights and angles. Lastly, these systems are much quicker and easier to set up and take down compared to other alternatives.

This not only saves workers valuable time on the job, but it also reduces overall costs associated with construction or maintenance projects.


System Scaffolding – Examine the various components and benefits of our most used scaffolding type.

When it comes to choosing one of the most versatile scaffold products, our most popular choice among contractors and builders alike is System scaffolding. They are constructed using various components, including horizontals (also known as ledgers or bearers), verticals (also known as legs or uprights), and diagonals (used to prevent swaying of the scaffold). This type of scaffold can also include tube and clamp elements to connect various items to secure structures because they both use the same size tube.

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One of the key benefits of Systems is their versatility; they can be configured in a variety of ways to suit different job sites and applications. They are also known for their robustness and durability, making them a reliable choice for both indoor and outdoor projects.

Whether you are building a new skyscraper or conducting maintenance work on an existing structure, Systems Scaffolding is sure to provide a safe and efficient solution.


Swing Stage Systems – Understand when to utilize swing stages for access or repair work on elevated structures.

Swing stage systems are a fantastic alternative to traditional scaffolding methods when it comes to accessing or repairing elevated structures. These systems are suspended by cables and can provide easy access to areas that are difficult to reach. They are popular in construction, maintenance, and painting industries because of their flexibility and mobility.

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Swing Stage

One of the significant advantages is that they provide a safe and secure platform for workers to perform their tasks, especially when there are no other options for accessing higher locations. Swing stage systems typically work best for medium to high rise buildings, including skyscrapers, bridges, and large dams.

When it comes to elevated structure access or repair work, swing stage systems have proven to be a cost-effective solution that respects safety and efficiency.


In Conclusion

Working with scaffolding is an invaluable tool for many types of construction activities, repair, and maintenance projects. Whether you need a frame and brace scaffold setup, suspended, a mobile scaffold system, or the versatility of Systems scaffolding or swing stage systems it is important to utilize the right system to get your job done safely and efficiently.

It is a wise decision to reach out to Action Equipment and Scaffold Company for experienced professionals who understand all the safety guidelines and regulations necessary to properly employ any of these systems. The best way to ensure that you are using the correct type of scaffolding system is by consulting or trusted sales and project management personnel who have years of experience helping their customers find the right solution for each individual project.

Safety is of utmost importance at any construction site, and if you are looking for a trustworthy organization to take care of your scaffolding and training needs, there is no better option than Action Equipment and Scaffold Company.

With over 70 years of experience in the industry, we are the best at what we do in terms of quality, credibility, and skills. We provide several types of scaffolding and equipment, such as frame scaffolding, system scaffolding, suspended scaffolding, steel shoring, and more. We also take care of their erection and dismantling safely.

We also provide SAIA-accredited Competent Person training for supported and suspended scaffolds. Other certified training includes confined space and fall protection, OSHA outreach training (construction), and MSHA part 48 training. You can reach us at 1-800-252-3417 or fill out our contact form to know more.


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