Have you seen a scaffolding system? This is a towering structure that is present in construction sites. This helps construction workers to work safely off the ground especially when they are putting-up buildings with several floor levels. In connection to this, workers transfer from one level to another to complete the design of a building from the lowest part moving to the topmost part. Such movement of the workers is made possible by stairs or staircases in the entire system.
The above-mentioned structure comes in different kinds. Needless to say, they are all composed of platforms on which workers stand when working on a certain floor level or area. All throughout the accomplishment of their tasks, these workers would need to climb up and down the scaffolding system. This is a dangerous activity which can claim the lives of the workers. If you are keen to observe, you will see some workers risking their lives by climbing up and down directly on scaffold poles. Some use workers use improvised ladders which are usually made of scrap woods or metals. They are definitely not safe to use as they may not be able to carry heavy loads.
Moving forward, the use of stairs has been advocated in construction sites to ensure not only safety for the workers but also efficiency and speed as the workers need to accomplish lots of tasks. In fact, certain certification or licensing organizations require stairs as one of the essential scaffolding parts. They have to be built into the structure. This means that they have to be inside the structure unlike the improvised ladders which are found outside the structure. Ideally, stairs have to be mobile. This is because they have to be moved from one position to another. In addition to that, mobile stairs suit almost all kinds of scaffolding structure. These stairs have to be made of sturdy materials – preferably metal in nature like steel and aluminum.
Since stairs require quality materials, certain construction projects still make use of ladders to save money. If you have the same concern in mind, think about this scenario. Use of ladders would need the creation of holes in the middle of the platforms. Why is this so? This is because workers climb ladders vertically and they have to transfer their tools and construction materials through the platform holes for convenience. One drawback of having these holes is that workers may fall into them and suffer from grave injuries. Would not this incident make you spend more than save?
A scaffolding system is created to provide convenience and safety to all construction workers. For this purpose to be realized the entire tower has to be complete with all the parts and these include reliable stairs. Although the latter may be an additional expense on your project, just treat them as valuable forms of investment. They can make your workers accomplish tasks fast in a very safe manner. Therefore, you earn more as your team meets deadlines without risking their lives.