For many hundred years, scaffolding has been used in construction. Be it in ancient towns or modern cities; scaffolding has remained popular in every large-scale construction project. By way of scaffolding, the construction managers can hire many workers for various building projects.
Scaffold in the construction industry represents a temporary platform to elevate and support workers and materials during the building, repair, or cleaning of a structure or machine. The scaffold consists of one or more planks of convenient size and length, with various methods of support, depending on the form and use.
There are 8 different types of scaffolding:
- Trestle Scaffolding
- Patented Scaffolding
- Suspended Scaffolding.
- Cantilever Scaffolding
- Steel Scaffolding
- Double Scaffolding
- Single Scaffolding
See in the video below 8 different types of scaffolding:
Advantages of Scaffolding in Building construction are based on terms of reach, position, and safety for construction workers.
Given below is a detailed description of each of its benefits:
- Adequate Reach
This is the foremost benefit of scaffolding. A scaffold is basically a small platform piece made up of lightweight metal, fiberglass, or wood. This platform rests above a support structure. So, this type of arrangement enables the workers to reach a high ceiling or wall to get their job done. In addition, it helps the workers in going beyond an arm’s length.
- Suitable Position
Another plus point of scaffolding is that it lets the person work in an appropriate position. While the worker may reach high walls with the help of a ladder, but it is considered less reliable than scaffolding. Unlike scaffolding, a ladder is angled and does not provide proper balance. Scaffolding keeps the worker at an exact position concerning the surface they need to work at without facing risky angles.
This especially proves convenient when leverage has to be used. Further, scaffolding provides greater space due to which several workers can work side by side on the same structure. However, this is usually tough in the case of ladders.
- High Level of Safety
The third important benefit of scaffolding is its safety level. A scaffold is supported by at least four attachment points on the ground. This makes it a sturdy platform to work from, sit, and stand. In addition, a flat structure like scaffolding is steadier than the typical ladder steps. Besides, the scaffoldings are built from strong materials like aluminum, which further adds to their durability. Generally, scaffolding comes with a handrail on its top platform. This prevents the workers from slipping, falling, or getting injured while working. So stated, there is less chance of accidents with scaffolding than with conventional options like ladders.
Lastly, scaffolding structures are easy to assemble and dismantle as compared to other alternatives.