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Instructions for Erecting Scaffoldmart Stationary and Rolling Towers
Scaffoldmart recommends that all users of these products be supplied with safety information and OSHA regulations and rules. Please understand and thoroughly read literature before using these products. Scaffoldmart Rolling Towers have large work platforms and adjustable platform heights with quick assembly or height adjustment.
A Rolling Tower should only be used on solid, hard, level, clear floor areas. Do you use on soil or unlevel areas if possible. If there is no choice please use extreme caution on unlevel or soil areas. Please put a heavy duty mud sill under each caster to distribute weight such that wheel does not have any possibility to sink into the soil area and cause an unsafe tip condition. Mud sill should be large and distribute load so that there is absolutely no possibility of an unstable condition. Note: Check local codes and regulations as external ladders are required in certain local areas.
1. Before beginning scaffold erection, check all pieces and parts for damage. Make sure all parts are in proper working order and in good condition. If any part is not in good working order please do not use and immediately replace. Do not use a part in bad condition or damaged under any circumstance. Of course use common sense as this does not refer to paint scratches etc…….
2. Assembly base is setup by standing upright the 2 end frames about 7 ft apart if using a 7 ft cross brace. Place caster jack or level jack or wheel under frame and then pin wheel and or wire caster jack/level jack to frame. Pin and wire caster jack. The purpose of this is to keep any of these items from coming out if the scaffold were to tip or be uplifted. Place the cross brace on one side and install to both the studs and do same at other frame. Then repeat for second cross brace. Now set is “set up”. Check with a builders level that set is level both length and width wise. If not adjust jack until exactly level. Make sure set is square or each corner is exactly 90 degrees. The importance of this initial setup makes the rest of the tower assembly go smoothly.
3. Casters should now be inserted and pinned. Please now lock them before continuing tower erection. Level jacks or caster jacks should have a small piece of wire or other suitable means to retain them in the frame tube. Never extend jacks more than 12 inches. If tower is stationary use level jacks or base plates and place on mud sills or hard surface.
4. Grouser Bar: For a rolling tower a diagonal stability bar is included with your package. This “grouser bar” is installed at the base of the tower just above the casters. It will fit crossways from one corner diagonally across to the opposite corner and keeps the box rigid and square at a 90 degree corner angle at all times. In our larger towers we include a second grouser bar that should be installed approximately half way to the top or every 15 ft. . Install grouser bar and move slide into place then tighten slide lock nut so hook cannot come loose.
5. Outriggers: Tower height should not exceed 4 times the minimum base width. In several states this standard is less. California, Ohio, Oregon, Montana can be no higher than 3 times the minimum base width and in Washington it’s 3.5 times min base width. Common sense suggestion if confused. Note the shorter side of scaffold box. Typical box is 5 ft w x 7 ft l. So use min side or 5 ft side. 5 ft x 4 x = 20 ft. If tower working height or standing height exceeds 20 ft then you need to install outriggers. If height exceeds these minimums install the outrigger and tighten the drop forged clamps to 48 ft lbs of torque. Set angle to maximize base width and comply with height rule requirement. Pin caster to outrigger and set caster brake. Try and get good upward pressure on the outrigger when tightening the clamp to maximize the tower’s stability.
6. Scaffoldmart recommends adhering to the 3 to 1 rule for max height. Please always if at all possible tie off the tower at height. Guide wiring or tie bars or other suitable means can be used. Tying off is far safer than using outriggers so please do so whenever possible.
7. Adding next section: Hoist each frame up slowly and carefully to a fully decked platform. Carefully place this frame on top of lower section and fully seat on stack pin. Pin upper frame to lower frame by installing pin in upper stack pin hole. Install opposite frame same way. Install 2 cross braces and move decking up. Repeat. Note: Align ladders so that ladder rungs are all same side for climbing purposes.
8. External access ladders and internal stair sections should be installed as you build up each section. Use mud sill under external ladder base section. Pin each ladder to next at upper stack pin.
9. Guard railing: When tower is completed to desired height, install guard railing and toe boards on all sides as required by OSHA. Lock all safety posts or safety panels with pins. Fully deck platform area and secure decking. Either use a 12 penny nail or slide wind latch to secure walkboard. On deluxe safety rail packages the end toe board is built in. Where required a 1x6 wood toe board can be installed along the sides. U shaped end brackets are built into the end panel and have slots for securing with pins.
Final Summary Notes:
Inspect scaffold daily before use.
Never ever exert any side force on tower of a free standing tower.
Do not swing around scaffold corner to enter via cross brace.
Never lean out over safety rails.
Never ever use boxes, small step ladders or anything whatsoever to increase height above intended platform height.
Do not lean excessively, put pressure on, sit or stand on safety rails.
Never use bricks, blocks, small pieces of wood under a scaffold leg/jack/wheel. Only use a hard level surface or stable mud sill.
Never ever remain on a tower while it’s being moved. Never ride a scaffold while it’s being moved. Repeat: Never remain on a scaffold tower when it’s being moved.
Do not move tower by applying force near the top of the tower. Only apply side force near the ground.
Never stand on a cross brace.
Never use braces as platform supports.
Never use a side bracket on a rolling tower. The side load could cause a topple condition. Side brackets are to be used only if guided or tied off at height.
Use external ladders, internal stair units, or configure ladder frames so that all ladder rungs are on the same side and are vertically aligned for safe climbing.
Never hoist material up a rolling tower. Only do so if tower is tied off at height.
Keep tower away from electrical lines or any possible contact with live electrical circuits. Steel scaffolding conducts electricity! Failure to adhere to this could cause serious death or severe injury.
Stay under safe working loads. Towers are limited to 500 lbs safe working weight limit due to stability limits not vertical load limits. If guided or tied off properly the vertical load rating is much higher. Consult us at 252-756-3862 for your project.
If you need OSHA safety regulations or safety literature or have questions please call the factory at 252-756-3862.
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