Two Safety Tips You Should Follow if You’re Going to Use a Mobile Scaffold Tower

If you're renovating the outside of a building and have decided to use a mobile scaffold tower for this work, you should find these safety tips helpful.

Check if the scaffolding is free of people and materials

One of the great things about this type of scaffold is that you can move it to a new location very quickly and thus use it to work on several areas of your property if you need to. However, if you have finished renovating one exterior wall and you need to move the scaffold to the other side of the building to finish working on another wall, for example, you should check that there are no people or building materials on the tower before you do this. If there are several people taking part in your renovations and the tower is quite tall with several levels, this might mean that you need to climb up it and check each level before you move this structure to another location.

If you don't do this, things could go wrong. If, for example, someone on the scaffolding is painting a piece of the wall when you try to move it, they may end up accidentally swiping the wet paintbrush on an adjacent window as the scaffold starts to unexpectedly shift or they might spill paint down the scaffold. They could also fall over due to the sudden movement of the structure. This may result in you having to spend time removing the paint from the window and the scaffold's components. It may also lead to this person having to get medical assistance. By spending just a minute or two checking each of the scaffold's levels before moving it, you could avoid these upsets and extra expenses.

Take precautions if there's ice on the ground

If you need to do your renovations in the winter when the ground is icy, you should not start using the mobile scaffold without taking a few precautions. Even if the scaffold's wheels are locked, the entire piece could still skid away from its original position if there's ice on the ground. This could result in the runaway scaffold crashing into nearby trees, outdoor furniture or vehicles and causing lots of damage.

To prevent this situation and to ensure that you can do your renovations even when it's freezing, you should put some gravel or road grit on the ground where you'll be positioning the scaffold. Additionally, it might be sensible to place some large, solid objects (such as several bags of cement) on either side of the tower so that it can be stopped in its tracks by these solid objects.