5 tips to make your scaffolding material last longer
Heavy loads, tens of people climbing up and down every day, an accidental blow here and there - your scaffolding takes a beating on every project. No surprise then that some parts can break early. To avoid premature wear, it is worth investing in high-quality scaffolding systems. You should also pay attention to a good corrosion protection, such as galvanisation. In combination with regular maintenance checks of your scaffolding material, you can use it for a long time. To extend the life of your scaffolding even further, we have put together some tips for you here.
Protect your scaffolding parts from moisture
A good scaffold can of course withstand rain and moisture easily. However, this doesn’t really help much with durability. Especially scaffolding parts that are sensitive to water in the long term, such as wooden planks, but also nuts and screws, should be protected from moisture if possible and kept as dry as possible. That way you can use them for a long time.
Stack the scaffolding material correctly
Sometimes things simply have to be done quickly. That's when it's easy to get a little, shall we say, careless with the scaffolding material. But if you want to get something out of your material for a long time, you should make sure that your team is trained in the correct handling and maintenance of the scaffolding material. Even small tricks will ensure that you can use your scaffolding material for a long time. For example, you should always stack scaffolding components with wedges outside the ledger heads so that the wedges cannot bend.
Replace damaged material at an early stage
Even the best scaffolding material is subject to the ravages of time. If you discover a damaged scaffolding part, you should replace it as soon as possible. Not only does it pose a safety risk for you and your team, but it can also damage other scaffolding parts that are still intact.
Clean your scaffolding material before each storage
Clean scaffolding material not only looks better, it also lasts longer. Dirt, paint residues, concrete or similar can quickly hide material damage that must be repaired before the next use. In addition, regular cleaning can prevent you from storing your scaffolding material with trapped moisture in it.
Use a penetrating fluid for nuts and bolts
All moving and removable parts such as nuts and bolts should always be in good working order so as not to affect your safety. They can also cause damage to the rest of your scaffolding materials if poorly maintained. To prevent this, you can use a penetrating fluid. This will prevent rust and jamming of moving parts.
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