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Two Accessories to Request From a Scaffolding Hire Company

by Bessie Beck

If you'll be renting some scaffolding, here are two accessories you should ask the scaffolding hire company for.

Toeboards

Most scaffold hire companies can provide toeboards for their scaffolding. These toeboards can be very useful if you'll be spending lots of time on the scaffolding, in all kinds of weather, and will be using lots of tools, as well. Toeboards are simply boards that can be attached to the bottom of each platform on the scaffold so that they stand perpendicularly to the platform boards. They can reduce the likelihood of your feet sliding off the edges (this is worth noting if it's likely to rain when you'll be on the scaffolding, as you might be more likely to slip if the platform's boards are wet).

These boards can act as barriers that could also prevent small tools, like wrenches, screwdrivers and hammers, from sliding off the platform if you accidentally kick them with your feet whilst walking on the scaffold. This is important, as if your tools keep falling off the scaffold, you'll end up wasting some of your rental period climbing down and picking them up. Furthermore, there is also a chance that tools could injure someone if they fall from this structure, so having boards in place that could prevent this could protect those who will be around the scaffold, too.

Adjustable base plates

You might also want to ask the rental company for some adjustable base plates, rather than the non-adjustable ones that come as standard with most scaffolds. The base plates are attached to a scaffold's upright poles or tubes, and their purpose is to evenly distribute the scaffold's weight, which then helps to stabilise this structure.

However, if the ground on which you'll be putting the scaffold is slightly uneven or has a very pronounced slope, you should ask the scaffold hire company for adjustable base plates. The reason for this is that if the ground isn't level and your base plates are all the same height, some of them will take on more of the load than they're supposed to. This could make the scaffold slightly wobbly.

If you ask for adjustable base plates, you can then raise the height of some of the plates so that even when the scaffold is placed on unlevel ground, its load will be evenly distributed across all of them and the scaffold itself will then be stable.

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