One of the easiest ways to manage construction costs is hiring, rather than buying, expensive equipment needed for short-term use. Scaffolding hire often seems to be a straightforward process for contractors and DIY enthusiasts. The truth is, failure to conduct due diligence and thorough project assessments could lead to downtime and disappointments once you hire the scaffolding. Below is an extract discussing what to consider when renting a scaffold.
Conduct Thorough Project Assessments
How and where do you intend to use the scaffolding? Clients in a hurry will often hire the wrong scaffolding. For example, they could hire a floating scaffold only to realise that they require a multi-level scaffolding. The best way to overcome such oversights is by assessing the long-term use of the scaffold. For example, at the initial project stages, a floating scaffold would be used for light-scale works. However, as you continue with construction works, you may need more robust equipment capable of handling massive weights. Your assessments will also enable you to establish the features that you need on the scaffolding. For example, rails will protect the employees from falls. Besides, a large working area enables your employees to carry building materials and construction equipment.
Hire An Experienced Scaffolder
A scaffolder will help out with the scaffold's operations. Typically, the professional will conduct the following duties:
- The scaffolder will conduct site assessments to establish the suitability of your preferred scaffolding. For example, low-lying electrical cables could prevent you from using a suspended scaffold.
- The scaffolder will install the equipment at an appropriate location. You should always avoid assembling the scaffold. Remember, minor issues will compromise the build integrity and safety of the equipment.
- The professional will inform your employees about scaffolding safety and how to use the equipment. For example, everyone on the scaffold must have protective gear. Moreover, they should not overload the equipment.
- The scaffolder will conduct regular scaffolding inspections and repairs. Taking these measures helps prevent accidents at the site.
Read And Negotiate The Terms Of Hire
Some clients, especially those in a hurry, will forget to read the rental terms. In some cases, they will assume that every company has similar terms. However, this is not always the case. Take your time to understand the company's conditions. Negotiate these terms if you deem them unfavourable. For example, for long-term hire, you could insist on free transport, installation and disassembly. Besides, you could ask the company to discount idle time.
When hiring a scaffold, conduct a project assessment, hire an experienced scaffolder and negotiate the terms of hire.