When you invest in equipment for your construction project, you should be able to rely on its functionality and durability. All scaffolding parts and accessories are bound to take a beating over the course of a long project, and you should be confident in their ability to last without losing functionality or becoming unsafe.
When it comes to your scaffolding installation, starting with a quality product to begin with is key. Routine maintenance should also be performed to keep the entire setup of scaffolding parts and accessories solid and safe throughout the length of the job.
Beyond that, there are some quick and easy tips we strongly recommend to ensure all the scaffold components stay in the very best condition for as long as possible. Not only do these tips help to maintain high safety and functional levels, but they also maximize the value of your investment.
Here is a brief checklist you can start implementing to improve the longevity of your scaffolding parts and accessories today:
- Keep wood and moving parts covered and out of the rain: Moisture is your scaffold’s worst enemy in the long run. By keeping components as dry as possible, you automatically extend the installation’s lifespan.
- Stack and rack correctly so nothing gets bent: When storing scaffolding materials, it is easy for rushing and carelessness to lead to unnecessary repairs or replacements when it is time to set it up again. Make sure all employees involved in stacking and racking are properly trained to maintain the equipment. (Professional Tip: Stack items with wedges positioned outside the ledger heads to avoid bending the wedges.)
- Replace worn parts: Even the highest quality scaffolding available will suffer wear and tear over its lifetime. That is the nature of enduring the constant traffic and heavy loads of a busy construction site. Do not rely on scaffolding parts that are worn, bent, split, or exhibiting signs of fatigue because safety is no longer a sure thing.
- Use WD-40 or a like product on bolt threads and nuts to prevent rust and lock up: It is important to ensure any moving or removable part remains fully functional. This improves safety, maintains efficiency, avoids unnecessary slowdowns during a project, and extends the life of the scaffolding.
- Remove any mud, concrete, stucco or foreign materials from items before racking and storing: This simple cleanup procedure keeps materials looking newer and more professional while stripping away any contaminants that could potentially hide damage or weathering that should be addressed prior to starting the next job. It also ensures you are not storing scaffold away with added moisture trapped inside.
As always, safety is the number one priority on any job site. Implementing these simple tips can help keep your scaffolding in better shape, which enhances safety. In addition, following these tips can extend the life of your equipment, providing greater ROI by lengthening the period between replacement orders.
Contact the experts at AT-PAC if you have any questions at all about maintaining and optimizing your scaffolding purchase.