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Whether scaffolding design and calculation require for all scaffolding arrangements ? It is quite normal that confusion sometimes arises. I hope this blog about scaffolding design gives some light into this subject. To be more professional , it is always advisable to have scaffold design and load calculation for all scaffolding arrangements. This is true irrespective of the size of the scaffold to install or the nature of the job to complete. The scaffolding design shall be unique for the workplace and right for the job.
In addition to the above, look to the specific legal requirements in your area that says about the requirement of scaffolding design. The ultimate guidance to decide whether you need a design for the scaffolding is to consider what your customer wants. If your customer insists on a design, in most cases you’ll have no choice but to provide one. Major contractors won’t allow to erect scaffoldings on their site without a design. If you need more advise on this subject, contact a reputed scaffolding contractor.
The following are the three major benefits resulting from scaffolding design and load calculation
At the beginning of the planning stage itself , the user shall provide the following information to the designer. This helps to ensure the proper design process and bespoke calculation. It also helps to ensure the scaffolding design is safe and adequate for the intended use.
These information usually include
Scaffolding design work require the help of professional expertise in the field. After the careful consideration of all above criteria, the designer take the correct design approaches to have bespoke calculation. Whatever, the following are the basic requirements we have to take into into account for scaffold design and calculation.
After the completion of scaffolding design work , the designer will produce the design calculation and design drawings. The design includes all details like maximum bay length and lifts heights, safe working load of the scaffolding , maximum leg load…etc
The criteria of legal requirements of design varies in each country. So, it’s mandatory to carry out scaffolding design and load calculation to comply with legal requirements in your area . For example, consider we are talking about the needs of design for scaffolding in UAE . In that case, we have to take into consideration the scaffolding legal requirements in UAE. The detailed explanation of legal requirements is out of the scope of this blog. However, we have included basic guidance of it.
If you are in United Kingdom, the following is the general scaffolding design requirements.
‘’It is a requirement of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 that unless a scaffold is assembled to a generally recognised standard configuration, eg NASC Technical Guidance TG20 for tube and fitting scaffolds or similar guidance from manufacturers of system scaffolds, the scaffold should be designed by bespoke calculation, by a competent person, to ensure it will have adequate strength, rigidity and stability while it is erected, used and dismantled”. Read more at the website “https://www.hse.gov.uk/construction/safetytopics/scaffoldinginfo.htm”
If you are in USA, visit “https://www.osha.gov/sites/default/files/publications/osha3150.pdf “ to read the local guide on this subject.
In short, it is advisable to have design for the scaffolding as per the legal requirements in your area. After all, it is preferable to have it even if it is not required legally.