The “Scaffolding” is very important subject in the construction industry in the world. So, let us discuss about “what is the meaning of scaffolding” in detail through this blog. We will go through various aspects about scaffolding like “what is the meaning of scaffolding” , importance of scaffolding, Types of scaffolding and much more.
During construction, repairing or maintenance work, we need to have a platform to support the work crew and materials. We provide this platform , called Scaffold ,by building a temporary structure . So, the scaffold helps to support the working team to perform construction activities . In other words, the use of scaffold is to make access to the workplace at height. In addition, the scaffold also support the materials.
The Scaffolding is the individual components we use to assemble to form a scaffold . For example tubes, couplers or frames…..etc. However, the general public use the word scaffolding and scaffold with the same meaning. For the easy understanding of the general public, we have also used the word ” scaffolding” in place of the word “scaffold” throughout this blog and in our website. This blog does not describe about the components. SCAFFOLDING WORK means erecting , altering or dismantling a temporary structure using to support a platform. Majority of accidents in construction industry happens by falling from scaffold. Considering this hazards, the safety procedures has more importance while working on a scaffold.
As explained above, Scaffold means a temporary structure built next to a building or any other structure ,such as a bridge. Scaffold provides work platforms at various heights and locations for the workers .This helps the workers to get access to work locations at various heights for their jobs. In short, the sole purpose of Scaffold is to elevate the workers, materials, and equipment to perform their work.
Formwork is a temporary structure using to contain poured concrete and to mould it to the required dimensions. This is to support the concrete until it is able to support itself. Like scaffolds, shoring systems are also temporary structure. However, the purpose is to support the permanent structure like building or bridge along with the formwork, but not for the workers. The Structural shoring is used during construction, renovation, and demolition of projects. Unstable formwork and shoring can injure and even kill you and others working below it. So, safety is a major concern for formwork and shoring.
The use of Scaffold is important in the construction field due to the following advantages.
The scaffold installation and dismantling works are high risky job. So we advise you to contract these works to specialised scaffolding contractor . If you are located in Abudhabi, we suggest you to read the OSHAD code of practice of scaffolding COP 26.0 .If you are in USA or following OSHA stands, then, it is worth reading the A Guide to Scaffold Use in the Construction Industry – OSHA
Employers shall ensure that scaffold erected consists of the following:-
If you are looking for international standards about this subject, It is worth reading the frequently asked questions of scaffolding . The UK government agency , health and safety executive in UK ,has published this FAQ.
You can read about legal requirements in UAE, you can read our blog “Scaffolding Legal requirements in UAE”.
In case of any doubt about your scaffolding requirements, you can talk to a reputed scaffolding company in UAE to clarify your doubts.
I think you have understood more about “what is the meaning of scaffolding” and its importance. Now, Let us go through the different types of scaffolding available in the market and their difference advantages and disadvantages…etc ( Contd……….)
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