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Assembling a mobile scaffold correctly is an important task to ensure the safety of yourself and others on a worksite. While almost anyone can assemble an aluminium tower, our team has collated a guide on how to build a mobile scaffold tower.
Disclaimer: Mobile scaffold assembly must be done by a competent person. Anyone not comfortable assembling components should seek a professional. If a scaffold tower will have a fall height of four metres or greater, the tower must be built by a qualified scaffolder.
Attach Castor Wheels
Ensure the area is clear before beginning any work. Slot the castor wheels into the base frames and lock the brakes on each by pressing the brake lever.
Connect the Base Frames
Attach the bottom brace diagonally to the opposite side of the adjacent frames. Continue by fitting two horizontal braces, one on each side, onto the first ladder rung.
The tower base is now self-supporting and will remain standing independently.
Now place two diagonal braces on each side, connecting to the first and third ladder rungs. It will appear as an X when viewed from the front side of the tower.
Tip: All braces are colour-coded for easy identification. Furthermore, all our components are labelled.
Check the Level of the Tower
Now that the base of the tower is standing, you can check whether the tower is completely level and adjust if necessary until it is.
Attach the Platform
With the base tower built, you can attach the first platforms to the structure. Sit the first platform on the second rung using the two hooks on each end. The setup will allow you to reach and attach a second platform to the top rung.
Attach Stabilisers (Optional)
Latch a stabiliser to each vertical tube of the frames. The ideal position is a 45-degree angle with the bottom and top clamps latching above the second rung and below the fifth, respectively.
Stabilisers are not necessary on towers below four metres in height and are reflected in our base packages.
Extend the Tower Height
Standing on the lower platform, add the next set of ladder frames to the top of the base frames. Lock them together with the pin that slots through the tubing.
Use the four remaining horizontal braces, attaching two on each side on the top and bottom ladder rungs.
Remove the bottom platform and hook it next to the platform on the fifth ladder rung. Now with both platforms level, you will gain access through the hatch. Ensure the positioning of the platform allows the hatch to open facing outwards.
Use your own, or our custom-made ladders to gain access through the hatch. Ladders four metres tall or more can hook onto the top guardrail.
Kickboards (or Toeboards) are small, plywood boards that fit along the platform edges. Their purpose is to prevent your foot from slipping off and ensure tools or equipment do not fall from height.
Install kickboards using the slots on the longer boards.
The mobile tower in this demonstration is three metres tall. Should you require a greater height, continue attaching new frames and stabilising with diagonal braces until reaching the desired height.
Dismantle the scaffold
Dismantle the scaffold in the reverse order of assembly, beginning at the top and working downwards. Lower components carefully for the safety of others around you and to prevent damaging the scaffold.
For more information on our what is a mobile scaffold, call 1300 622 686 or visit our Melbourne and Sydney warehouses to speak with our firendly team.