The way you work safely with mobile scaffolding

Industry I 2020-10-23, Number of views:59

Incorrectly constructed mobile scaffolds are unnecessary and dangerous. As of 1 January 2018, the construction of mobile scaffolds must be safer. With the aim: fewer falls. Unfortunately, you rarely come across well-built rolling scaffolding outside the supplier's showroom.

Fall accidents are the most common accidents, while a safe workplace at height does not have to be a problem. Creating a safe workplace is very easy with mobile scaffolding.


To make construction safer, employers and employees made agreements in 2016 about the construction and use of mobile scaffolding. These agreements can be found in the DR.SCAFFOLD. Several years earlier, mobile scaffold manufacturers have already been busy with the design of mobile scaffolds. This has led to fewer parts for some manufacturers and a drastic change in the construction method for all manufacturers. With the new developments and agreements, it is no longer necessary to work unsecured during construction and to have an unsafe workplace after construction.


The new, safer structure has been "translated" by manufacturers into their own mobile scaffolding. The manufacturers make use of, among other things, special parts and working methods. The new construction method is safer than the traditional one. For reasons of the occupational hygiene strategy, the new construction method must therefore be followed.


A mobile scaffold is understood to be a free-standing, semi-detached or mobile scaffold standing against the facade. Mobile scaffolds are equipped with (swivel) wheels and assembled from prefabricated parts. They contain auxiliary floors and one or more work floors for carrying out work at height. Auxiliary floors are mezzanine floors, intended to be able to come up safely and build the scaffolding safely. The aluminum mobile scaffold is constructed by the user, such as the painter or joiner, who has deliberately chosen to use the safe mobile scaffold instead of the ladder to carry out his work.


During the use of the mobile scaffold, the work floors all around must be protected with double railings and toe boards. Only if the distance to a facade is less than 15 cm, the handrail on that side may be dropped. Stairs must also have handrails. Only if the work floor is lower than 1.5 meters is it acceptable to omit the knee rail and toeboard on one long side. Climbing a mobile scaffold is done with stairs or via the frame on the inside by using the climbing shutters. Often users remove or place diagonals on one side. This is not permitted in accordance with the manual, not even on the facade side.