The use of scaffold sheets is quite popular in the construction industry since they ensure safety to both the environment and peoples health by containing dust, debris, and fumes around a construction site. However, when the time comes to make a final decision about selecting the right sheet or screen for your facility or how to use it properly, there are a number of things that you need to consider, four of which are as follows:
1. Key factors to consider while selecting the right scaffold sheets
Making a wrong selection in the case of scaffold sheets can be hazardous to your health and the environment and you need to take many factors into consideration such as the ability to contain dust, wind loading quality, ventilation requirements, porousness of the screening material, size of the sheet and the amount of protection required.
They come in different varieties and you should prefer those that let the wind pass through easily. This also depends on the porosity of the cloth used, which reduces wind loading on the scaffold and the structure, in addition to allowing in air and light.
It’s also important to understand that the larger the surface area of wind sheathing being used – the greater will be the impact of the wind on the structural stability of the scaffold. Most scaffold sheets are designed to withstand wind speed of 40mph, beyond that and they start to detach.
The structural stability of a scaffold screen, therefore, must be considered before each work shift and any deficiency must be addressed quickly.
2. Encapsulation sheeting must not detach from the scaffolding
If the purpose of a scaffold screen is to encapsulate hazardous dust residues, its detachment will defeat the whole purpose. It may invite legal action too for causing environmental contamination.
3. Pay extra attention to design
Design is another important thing that should be taken into consideration because it directly affects the stability of a screening sheet. Ensure that it is designed by an experienced engineer. Any ignorance can prove costly. The weight of the screening, environmental load on the scaffold, and the position of the screened scaffold should be taken care of while choosing a scaffold screening sheet.
4. Take care of noise
Projects in residential areas pose a different set of problems as people living nearby may be sensitive to further disturbance caused by flapping of scaffold screens noisily in the wind, especially during the night time. This issue should be properly resolved to avoid such annoyance.
Fully screened scaffolds can minimise the risk posed to the public by falling objects. However, you need to take care of many aspects before buying your scaffold screening. We hope our blog post helps you make right decision.