Scaffolding is a temporary form of the structure set up to help construction workers reach high areas. It is considered safer compared to standard options like a step ladder. A scaffold comprises four main elements: cross-bars, connecting pins, frames, and planks. A few essential tools are used to assemble and erect a scaffolding platform. According to OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration), most accidents occur due to incorrect assembling of the scaffold.
What Tools do Scaffolders Use?
Scaffolders use the following tools: level, socket set, claw hammer, measuring tape, safety lanyard, and harness.
Given below is a detailed description of the use of scaffolding tools:
The first requirement of setting up a scaffold is to have a firm foundation. For this, the scaffolder uses a proper level, which ensures that the pieces are plumb and horizontally straight. An efficient level of 3-foot will suffice for scaffolding. In some cases, a small bob level works even better because of its convenient portability.
Scaffolding Measuring Tape
A measuring tape is used to estimate the requisite scaffolding height and square up the related frames. It also helps in computing the distance between the building and the scaffold, ensuring the uniformity of assembled pieces. Further, if a worker needs to make planks himself, he will need to take measurements for the required size.
Scaffolding Socket Set
A scaffolder must have a socket set with both metric and standard sockets, as the scaffolding parts entail different sized bolts and nuts, especially if the scaffold is made outside the US. In addition, the cross-braces are fixed to the mainframe by clamps or pins. So, the clamps and fasteners utilized for scaffolding are often loosened or tightened in the disassembling and assembling process. Therefore, a good socket set is essential for the scaffolder.
Scaffolding Claw Hammer
Although a scaffolding structure is raised using clamps and pins, sometimes a claw hammer may also be needed. This is because a claw hammer helps in fixing and removing the pins more effectively. In other words, it is likely to assist in both the assembling and disassembling tasks. Claw hammers are available in varying weights and lengths, yet a scaffolder usually requires a heavy-duty hammer.
Scaffolding Safety Lanyard and Harness
Lanyards and harnesses aid in protecting scaffolders and preventing them from falling if the scaffolding accidentally breaks apart. These types of equipment are secured to the safety rope before the scaffolder starts his work. Safety harnesses are available in many different body and waist sizes, while a standard-sized harness measures around three feet. The higher is the scaffold, the more is the need for a safety lanyard and harness.