Two tips for industrial business owners who need to use scaffold services

Here are two tips for industrial business owners who need to use scaffold services.

They should have an employee of the scaffolding company visit their premises to perform an evaluation

The first thing an industrial business owner should do in this situation is to arrange for an employee from the scaffolding company to visit their premises. During this visit, the scaffolding service provider will be able to evaluate the area in which this access equipment will be used. They can take measurements, to ensure that the scaffold they deliver is tall and wide enough to offer the level of access that will be needed, but not so large that it might become a hazard or an obstacle to those who'll be working in the vicinity of it whilst it's in place.

If the scaffold will be a mobile indoor one, which the industrial facility's staff will need to move around the premises, the scaffolding service provider might also evaluate the condition of the floors to see that they are level enough and have no potholes. This evaluation will reduce the risk of the mobile scaffold tipping over and landing on nearby machinery or staff, due to being pushed across a floor that's uneven or damaged.

If the scaffold will not be a mobile one but will be attached to a wall on the premises, the service provider may need to inspect the wall, to ensure it is stable enough to have this hefty access equipment secured to it. They might also need to check that there is no large industrial machinery on the opposite side of the wall, that might generate vibrations that could affect the stability of the scaffold.

They should ensure they prepare their premises and their staff for the installation of the scaffolding

After arranging for a scaffold to be put in place on their premises by the scaffolding service provider, the industrial business owner must then ensure their staff and premises are prepared for this installation. For example, because the scaffolding installation team may need to have some free space around the area where this access equipment will be built (so they can lay out their materials and tools), the premises' owner might need to temporarily move some of their machinery out of this area, until the scaffold is in place. Similarly, if their staff normally walk or transport products through this part of the premises, the premises' owner might need to instruct their staff to use another route through the premises during the installation.

If some of the facility's staff must travel through this area when the scaffold is being constructed, the premises owner may need to provide these staff with safety gear (such as hard hats and safety boots). This safety gear will help to reduce the risk of these staff members being struck by some of the scaffolding materials when they're passing through the installation area.

For more information on scaffolding, contact a professional near you.