The components of a scaffolding tower kit are all critical. A scaffolding tower can be built now in a short amount of time without complex directions and a lot of manpower. The components of the new scaffolding towers have been very well thought through. They are not rigid in use, the cost is low, and the process now is much easier. This has the desirable effect of employees spending more time working on the actual project or painting the wall rather than trying to put together the scaffolding.

All scaffold sets are different, and some companies will even build a custom set for you. Most systems will feature the following components:

Guard Rail
Many companies have further improved the safety aspects of assembling a scaffold tower by introducing cutting edge guardrail systems. This new guardrail system can be inserted quite simply from the level below whilst assembling the tower which significantly reduces the chances of a fall whilst the tower is being assembled.

Toe Board
Sitting around the edge of the top platform the tow board prevents you stepping off the platform by accident. Without needing to look down you will know when you have reached the edge of the platform. Although if the tower has been assemble correctly and the guardrail is in place there should be no chance of you slipping off, the toe board will stop you leg disappearing between the guardrail and platform.

Ladder Frame
The ladder frame is actually part of the 2-rung frame below. With traditional scaffold systems the ladder would have been a separate component that was fixed on to the scaffolding. These newer tower have the ladders built in though which means it's safer as there is no temporary fixing point, and you are less likely to lose the ladder.

Platform & Trap
At the very top of the tower is the platform, this is where you work from. It should also have a trap in it and this is where you enter on to the platform from below.

2-Rung Frame
Part of the main tower structure - this frame slots together so that if you were looking at the tower from the front you have two giant ladders on the left and right. The horizontal and diagonal braces then join these two 'giant' ladders together.

Horizontal Brace
Used to attach the left and right sides of the towers together (see 2-Rung Frame)

Diagonal Brace
Used to attach the left and right sides of the towers together and to prevent the tower from swaying left to right. (see 2-Rung Frame)

Adjustable Leg
To allow for uneven grounds - most scaffold towers have adjustable legs on them.

Castor
On the end of the adjustable legs are castors with brakes. The castors allow a reasonably high tower to be wheeled along the ground, so if for example you are painting a house it is very easy to work along the full length of the house with a relatively narrow platform. With traditional scaffolding a tower would have been made that spanned the entire length of the house as it would have been impossible to move once constructed.

A scaffolding system is your best bet to get a job done when your construction work takes you "up in the air." There are many different configurations that you can choose from and there is bound to be one that will work just fine for you. Taking the time to look at the many types of systems available is the first thing you should do before deciding on which one to purchase.

Manufacturers of scaffolds offer a wide range of accessories as well as fittings and entire systems. They have fixed and mobile scaffolds as well as swivel models that are used for such things as window washing. They offer accessories such as couplers, pins, braces, bolts, wing nuts and clamps that are necessary to have for your scaffolding project.

Scaffolding is a temporary working platform that is supported below via poles and other devices. Scaffolds are generally made out of galvanized steel with wood or metal planking. The steel gives durability to the product because it resists corrosion, is rot-proof and doesn't warp or burn. Metal planking that is used for the scaffolds platforms is sometimes a better choice than wood because it can hold heavier weights and is known for withstanding swaying movements. This makes the entire system more stable and safer for you and your workers.

There are many different kinds of scaffolds available. Mobile (or portable) scaffolds are very popular because they have casters (or wheels) that let you move them about from place to place. They are put next to a construction site and used temporarily for construction or repair work that needs to be done "off the ground". Then, they can be conveniently moved to another site without having to be disassembled. They are recommended for short jobs that are going to be done over a large area. Fixed scaffolds are simply that: They are built in one place and stay there until they are disassembled. They work great for jobs that are going to be done in one particular area and that are going to take some time to complete.

There is an appropriate scaffolding system for your job - no matter what it is! Check with some reputable dealers, give them your specifications and wait for them to come up with a design that will be perfect for you.

Many people who work in construction are aware of the dangers posed by scaffolds and their parts. Since about 20% of fatal falls involve scaffolds, it helps for workers to know about the safety procedures that revolve around these construction cornerstones. If an employer does not give proper procedure or training an accident may occur and injure or kill an employee or more employees.

Just as instruction is key to preventing falls and other related accidents so is the construction of the mechanism itself. If a scaffolding is not properly constructed during manufacturing or during assembly, a manufacturer or employer may be liable for any accidents that occur as a result.

No employee deserves to live with the hardship of an injury, and no employee's family deserves to live with the hardship of an injury or loss of a loved one due to an accident. Employees or families of employees should seek legal assistance in the event someone becomes injured or dies during an accident at work when the worker was not at fault. An experienced lawyer should be able to help a family receive compensation for resulted damages.

Construction accidents are the most dangerous accidents that a worker can face. If an employee or employer would like to reduce the chances of being involved in a scaffolding-related accident, he or she should follow certain safety procedures before and during the use of a scaffold. Here are a few things that can keep you and other workers safe when working with a scaffold:
-Make sure it was constructed by a qualified individual
-Make sure it can withstand a great amount of weight
-Make sure it is properly inspected before each use
-Make sure to stay clear from power lines and other electrical sources
-Make sure not to perform any job duties under severe temperatures or weather
-Make sure an alternative exit route exists once on a scaffold such as a ladder or hoist
-Make sure the scaffold is level at all times
-Make sure to stay hydrated and well-rested
-Make sure to use only a scaffold with guardrails
-Make sure to use counterweights in order to minimize movement
-Make sure you are properly trained to operate and work with a scaffold