by Frederike Berg
The tube and clamp scaffold: why this traditional scaffolding type is still popular today
Tradition and innovation go hand in hand in scaffolding. This is reflected in the different types of scaffolding on the market. Both modern system scaffolds and the tried and tested tube and clamp scaffolds are used worldwide. Both scaffolding types have their own strengths and characteristics. In this article we take a closer look at the traditional tube and clamp scaffold and answer the question why it has remained on the market until today.
The tube and clamp scaffold – a scaffolding type with a long tradition
Whether you know it as tube and coupler scaffold, tube and fitting scaffold or tubular scaffold, the tube and clamp scaffold has a long tradition. As one of the first steel scaffolds, it increasingly replaced the previously popular wooden scaffold at the beginning of the 20th century. Since then, the tube and clamp scaffold has been in use on construction sites. For more information on the development of scaffolding, click here.
Versatility is the core strength of the tube and clamp scaffold
To this day, users particularly appreciate the high load-bearing capacity and versatility of the tube and coupler scaffold. In fact, the tube and clamp scaffold leaves little to be desired in terms of adaptability. The standards, transoms and diagonal tubes can be connected to each other with couplers as desired. This scaffolding design makes the tube and clamp scaffold particularly adaptable and therefore suitable for a wide range of projects.
As it can be adapted well to complex structures, the tube and clamp scaffold is not only used in the construction of apartment blocks or office buildings, but is also suited for work on cooling towers and refineries. Even common work at height regulations such as the HSE 2005 can be complied with using the traditional tube and clamp scaffold, as additional safety measures such as nets or toe boards can be attached as required.
However, the traditional scaffold is worthy of improvement: the assembly and dismantling of the tube and clamp scaffold takes time due to the individual adaptation of each connecting element and is less simple and much more labour-intensive than with modern system scaffolds. Especially when assembling the individually adapted connections, every move must be perfect, as these are particularly prone to errors.
The tradition lives on - the tube and clamp scaffold is still popular today
Nevertheless, the tube and clamp scaffold continues enjoying great popularity, especially in Asia, the Middle East and also in large parts of the United Kingdom. In the UK in particular, the popularity of the tried and tested tube and clamp scaffold is closely linked to keeping up with tradition in the scaffolding business. But in the UK, too, there is now a trend towards the increased use of system scaffolding. This is because modern system scaffolding is not only advantageous because it can be erected and dismantled quickly, but is also much less prone to errors because of the prefabricated components. Hence, the conclusion is simple: in terms of safety, the system scaffold is ahead of the tube and clamp scaffold.
Do you want to know more about the system scaffold and how to get started with it? Then stay tuned for our upcoming blog post.
In advance, you can simply download the brochure for our modular system scaffold RINGSCAFF here and learn more about the advantages of system scaffolding.
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