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If you’re new to the world of scaffolding, different environments might be a cause for concern when determining if it is safe to erect scaffolding. In this article, we look into whether or not you can build scaffolding in environments with uneven ground or slopes.
So, can you build scaffolding on uneven ground? Scaffolding can be built on uneven ground, provided that this is accounted for during planning and construction. To work around uneven ground, scaffolding should be built with adjustable components, a base plate, and the use of a block of wood under each leg may be beneficial on soft ground.
Read on to learn more about building scaffolding on uneven ground.
Can You Build Scaffolding on Uneven Ground?
Scaffolding can be built on uneven ground, soft ground, and even slopes, as long as this is accounted for when planning and constructing the structure. However, if you are even remotely unsure about how to do this, it is advisable to consult professional scaffolding erectors to ensure stability and safety.
To safely erect scaffolding on uneven ground, specific equipment is required; you’ll need to ensure to use adjustable legs and other adjustable components to level out the scaffold, a large base plate or casters to create an even surface to work on and, in cases where scaffolding is being built on soft ground, the use of a block of wood or an adjustable base jack under each leg may be beneficial.
Can You Use Scaffolding on Grass?
Scaffolding can be built on grass but, as before, considerations need to be made during planning and building to ensure that the structure doesn’t sink. The key to building scaffolding on grass or other soft ground is to create a solid foundation by leveling the grass and placing 2X10 chunks of wood or an adjustable base jack under each leg.
Can You Use Scaffolding on a Slope?
To use scaffolding on slopes, adjustable components and adjustable legs must be used to level out the scaffolding and ensure that the structure doesn’t destabilise as a result of the slope. You also need to ensure that you’re building on an even surface, which can be achieved as laid out above. If the slope is soft ground, such as grass, follow the advice above for Can You Use Scaffolding on Grass.
What is the Maximum Slope that a Mobile Scaffold Can be Used on?
Some scaffolding has greater limitations than others due to health and safety and, as such, mobile scaffolding can only be used on slopes up to 5 degrees. This equates to a maximum adjustment of 21cm over a 2.5m scaffold.
How Do You Set Scaffolding on Uneven Ground?
We’ve mentioned some techniques above that will help you to ensure stable scaffolding on even ground, but here’s a more detailed explanation.
- First, ensure to use a scaffolding frame designed with casters or base plates. Not doing so may result in the frame tubes becoming damaged, or the structure weakened.
- Even when using a base plate, you’ll also need to prepare the ground appropriately by leveling the grass and placing chunks of wood or an adjustable base jack under each leg.
- When building the frame, ensure to use adjustable components so that you can level out the scaffolding as required. This is especially important when building scaffolding on slopes.
- Build the scaffolding, move it into a position where it will be used, add the block under the base plates if required, then make any height adjustments as necessary.
Should Scaffolding be Attached to the Building?
Even when not built on uneven ground, large-scale, long-term scaffolding that doesn’t need to be moved around should always be attached to the building or to the ground to prevent shifting.
Usually, the height and location of the scaffolding, how long it will be up, the type of scaffolding, and type of job will all be considered when determining if scaffolding should be attached to the building.
However, in the case of uneven ground, scaffolding should always be anchored to the building or to the ground to provide stability and minimise risks.
Learn more about attaching scaffolding to the building in our recent blog.
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