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Scaffold Inspection

To prevent the use of incorrectly erected or damaged mobile access towers, they must be inspected by a competent person. This is someone with the experience, knowledge and appropriate qualifications to enable them to identify any risks that are present and decide upon the measure required to control the risks.

Inspections of the scaffold components

If a defect is discovered, the defective part shall not be use any longer.

Slip-in frame / chassis beams

  • Check for deformation, crushing and crack formation.

Braces (diagonal / railings)

  • Check for deformation, crushing, crack formation and function of the catches.

Platform

  • Check for deformation, crushing, crack formation and function of the catches.
  • Check state of the wood.
  • Check trapdoor if properly functioning.

Toeboards

  • Check state of the wood.
  • Check toe boards for crack formation.

Swivel castors

  • Check rolling capacity of the castor and function of the brake by rolling the basic frame.
  • For swivel castors with height adjuster, also check that height adjuster can move freely.

Safety springs

  • Check for deformation, crushing, crack formation and tight fit.

It must be inspected:

  • After assembly in any position.
  • After any event liable to have affected its stability and
  • At intervals not exceeding seven days.

Inspection must be recorded on a scaffold inspection tag.

Stop working if the inspection shows it is not safe to continue, and put right any faults.

PROTECTING THE PUBLIC

When towers are used in public places, extra precautions are required.

  • Erect barriers at ground level to prevent people from walking into the tower or work area.
  • Minimize the storage of materials and equipment on the working platform.

* Antislip Plywood EN13986 : 2004

CHEMICAL COMPOSITION & MECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF ALLOYS

CHEMICAL COMPOSITON ALLOY - 6061
Mg 0.80 % - 1.20 %
Si 0.40 % - 0.80 %
Cr 0.04 % - 0.35 %
Zn 0.25%
Fe 0.70%
Cu 0.15 % - 0.40 %
Mn 0.15%
Ti 0.15%
Others (each) 0.05%
Others (Total) 0.15%
Aluminium Remainder
MECHANICAL PROPERTIES ALLOY - 6061
Ult. Tensile Strength N/mm² 280
0.2 % Proof Stress N/mm² 240
Hardness (Brinell) BHN 90
Elongation on 50mm % 8
Density g/cm³ 2.7
Modulus of Elasticity N/mm² 69000

SAFETY & COMPLIANCE

Working safely at heights involves various risks. In many countries, strict rules apply to professional use.

This makes sense, because the material is used intensively. Below follows an explanation of the most important standards and other information.

EN1004

The current European standard for rolling towers is the EN1004. This standard makes more demands of the rolling towers than the expired standard HD 1004.

ASCEND rolling and folding towers comply to EN 1004 standard and are equipped with the required strength and stability calculations.

EN 1298 and extensive manual assembly and use

It is recorded in European standard EN 1298 which requires the manual for assembly and use of scaffold have to follow this standard.

ASCEND places great importance on the safety of its product in use. The extensive manual assembly and use of ASCEND scaffolds are drafted in conformity with EN1298.

EN131

The EN131 is the European standard for ladders, folding ladders and steps.

With our main concerns being quality and safety, all our products comply with the relevant British and European Standards.

Our products and systems are premium quality and are designed to meet the highest safety standards. Our complete product range is manufactured in compliance with national & international technical standards including EN1004, The Work at Heights Regulations, and OSHA.


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