What’s a mobile scaffold?

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Mobile scaffold towers are lightweight and easily movable structures used for decorating, cleaning and maintenance. They are safer than ladders and come in sections that can be rented or purchased. Safety precautions must be taken when using them, especially outdoors, to avoid accidents.

Mobile scaffold towers are typically used both indoors and outdoors and are constructed of lightweight aluminum or steel sections with casters or wheels attached to the lower section leg posts. Designed to be easily moved, mobile scaffold towers are commonly used for decorating, cleaning and general maintenance. Commonly purchased at the desired height, mobile scaffold towers are generally designed to be brought down to a lower height when needed. The wheels of this scaffold have a locking mechanism which allows the scaffold to be used without it rolling out of position. Designed for home, school or business use, this scaffolding is not as heavy or durable as construction site scaffolding.

When doing home maintenance, many times, the safest way to reach the upper parts of a house or building is not with a ladder. Mobile scaffolding is commonly recognized as the safest method of working at height, providing a stable platform to work from and to protect supplies and maintenance equipment. Mobile scaffolding is sold or rented in sections, with the number of sections needed to complete a job depending on the height of the job. The wheel attachment that allows the scaffold to be rolled around the construction site is best used indoors or on hard paved or concrete surfaces outdoors. In school gymnasiums and the great outdoors of factories and shops, the mobile scaffold tower is suitable for carrying out cleaning and painting work as well as hanging decorations for special occasions.

When used on castors or on the wheel base, the wheels must be locked before climbing to the top of the scaffold. This prevents the scaffold from moving away from the working area or tipping over. Safety is always a major concern when working from mobile scaffolding and great care must be taken to avoid power lines, dropping and falling materials onto unsuspecting people below. Typical sections of scaffolding can be assembled by one person, however, they are best completed by a team of two or more.

When using the mobile scaffold tower outdoors, great care should be taken to ascertain the location of any holes, weak points or depressions in the ground. Drains, culverts, and curbs should be avoided due to the scaffold’s flip-over feature when a wheel encounters one of these obstacles. It’s even better if someone stays on the ground monitoring all the work from the mobile scaffold in case of an accident.

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