In the construction world, the word 'plant' is used to refer to heavy machinery and equipment deployed in carrying out construction tasks. Plant installation, in particular, involves the setting up of various kinds of heavy machinery and equipment at the construction site to aid in the execution of the required jobs, such as excavators for digging and excavations, cranes for heavy lifting, dumper trucks for hauling construction debris from the work site, scaffolds for accessing elevated work areas and so forth. The professionals that do plant installation work at construction sites are known as construction plant installers.
Some construction plant installers are specifically concerned with setting up scaffolding at construction sites. Here's what they usually do to ensure the installation of a safe, stable and fully functional elevated work platform (EWP).
For scaffold to be safe, stable and fully operational, it must be properly erected. This is a job that is best handled by the professionals. Scaffold contractors know the ins and outs of scaffold installation. They will assess your specific project requirements and help you determine any restrictions, like ground conditions at the job site, which may affect the structural integrity of your scaffold installation. They will then establish critical factors in the design of the scaffold, such as the height and length of the equipment required for safe operation, as well as how much weight the equipment can support when it is in use. This way, they are able to erect scaffold that is safe for the intended construction use.
So as to ensure that construction workers are using equipment that is in good working order, scaffold installers/contractors conduct scaffold inspections. Generally speaking, these inspections are carried out prior to the use of the equipment or following the occurrence of any circumstances that could compromise the safety of the installation, such as heavy rain, which may make the work platforms slippery. If there are any potential safety hazards, scaffold contractors will eliminate them before they can result in an accident. When all potential safety threats have been identified and eliminated (or mitigated), they will give the go-ahead to proceed with construction work.
Like with other types of access equipment, the use of scaffold equipment for construction work puts workers at a greater risk of getting hurt. Any construction contractor who genuinely cares about the safety and welfare of their construction workers should make sure they hire professional installers when they need to use scaffolds.