Scaffolding towers – also known as scaffold towers or tower scaffolds – are becoming more and more popular in all areas of the construction industry, as both employers and regulators alike are recognising the growing importance of safe working practices.
Scaffolding towers are a type of independent scaffolding, which may be defined as scaffolding that is free-standing, and not dependent for structural support on the structure on which it is being used. Scaffolding towers have the quality of being reasonably quick to erect and dismantle: this is a definite advantage for professionals in a variety of fields (for instance plastering, painting and decorating, roofing, and building) that have to visit a number of clients in a working week. It is also easy for scaffold towers that are not going to be taken off-site to be moved from one place on the site to another, meaning that there is no need for large dependent scaffolding constructions: a good quality scaffolding tower can do just as good a job, and is often much more convenient to use.
There are a number of variations of scaffolding towers. One that is becoming more common is the DIY scaffold tower. In the present economic climate, many homeowners are undertaking their own home improvement projects instead of paying lots of money to builders: in such cases many householders see a small tower scaffold as a wise investment, allowing them the benefits of scaffolding and being much safer than working with standard ladders.
For companies that use scaffolding towers every day, the lightweight DIY option is of little use: a more heavy-duty solution will be required. Companies and tradesmen that use scaffolding towers daily are likely to choose larger, heavy-duty scaffold towers. In addition to being more solid and stable, they can have a number of working platforms, allowing working at different heights without difficulty.
A new and popular variation of tower scaffolding is the mobile scaffold tower. These have castors attached to the base of their support poles (known as standards), so they can be quickly and easily wheeled between different parts of a job. For decorators, plasterers, tilers and other such construction professionals this is a definite benefit, allowing them to work much more efficiently, therefore allowing them to finish jobs much more quickly than would otherwise have been the case.
Scaffolding towers are becoming essential for use by construction companies not only because of their convenience and the increased efficiency they bring, but also because of a new focus on health and safety. A properly secured scaffolding tower is much better and safer when working at height than ladders and other similar temporary structures: scaffolding towers bring the benefits of a full scaffolding structure, but without the drawbacks of time-consuming construction and inflexibility of use. A scaffold tower is much more adaptable, and can often be erected and dismantled with a minimum of time and fuss. For many construction companies and tradesmen in related industries, this combination of safety and flexibility means that scaffold towers are now an essential part of their work practices, and therefore an essential part of a profitable business.