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Scaffold Tower Blog

Scaffold towers are a common piece of equipment that allows workers to access heights easily. Popular in the construction industry due to their adaptability, mobility and strength, scaffold towers provide a stable surface for staff to work from. Many scaffold towers have additional support legs which can be fitted around the base to provide even greater stability.

Similar to podium steps, scaffold towers provide workers with a wide working platform which has guard rails around the entire platform. This encloses the user and significantly reduces the chance of workers falling from height. Podium steps however, lack significant height.

There are different types of scaffolding towers which are best suited for certain purposes and come with their own limitations. Choosing the right scaffold tower for your intended need is essential for your safety.

Like all equipment used for working at height there are hazards. Always ensure your equipment is safe for use and carry out regular inspections

Stay up to date with all of the latest industry and legislative news relating to the safety and maintenance of workplace equipment.

We will post blogs relating to HSE prosecutions and HSE accident statistics, safety initiatives and topical events relating to equipment safety and the consequences of failing to maintain equipment at work across a wide range of industries – from farming to construction, warehousing to transport and logistics. In addition we will highlight how our Good to Go Safety inspection systems could help to improve workplace safety and help your company to reduce maintenance costs while complying with key statutory legislations such as PUWER, LOLER and WAHR.

Construction firm fined after worker dies from fall
Construction firm fined after worker dies from fall
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A company in Kent has been fined after an accident occurred at a construction site of six houses on Smarden Road in Headcorn, Kent. A sub-contractor, had been installing vertical hanging tiles on one of the new properties when he fell 1.8 metres through an unguarded opening in scaffolding and landed on the ground below. The accident happened on the 5th July 2017 and resulted in Mark Tolley sustaining several broken ribs and serious internal injuries including a punctured lung. He later di...


Investigation underway after scaffolding collapse
Investigation underway after scaffolding collapse
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An investigation has been launched after scaffolding succumbed to 60mph winds during Storm Henk. The scaffold tower collapsed onto a busy high street on Tuesday the 2nd January 2024. Sutton Council where the collapse happened took quick action to ensure the high street was made safe whilst the police, Sutton council and the scaffolding company investigated the incident to determine the root cause of the collapse. The scaffolding was then cleared to ensure businesses were able to continue ...


We're Supporting National Scaffolding Week 2023
We're Supporting National Scaffolding Week 2023
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National Scaffolding Week provides an opportunity for members of the industry (no matter the role) to provide advice, information and valuable insights which can influence the direction of training in the industry. The campaign, which runs from 9th – 13th October 2023 will showcase the diverse range of career options available within the industry; highlight achievements of both organisations and individuals operating within the sector and aim to inspire the next generation to take up a role ...


What can you inspect with TakeAIM?
What can you inspect with TakeAIM?
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TakeAIM is supplied with a number of pre-installed checklists for the most popular equipment types used for work. If TakeAIMs range of pre-loaded inspections don't have the equipment type you require, you can create your own equipment type on the TakeAIM dashboard. This enables you to create inspections, and ask the detailed question required for even the most unique piece of workplace equipment. If you'd like to see the equipment types available, plus what is included on each checklist you c...


A 64-year-old worker died after falling through cable tied guard rails
A 64-year-old worker died after falling through cable tied guard rails
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The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure was fined $125,000 in 2020 after a 64-year-old worker died, however a coroner's inquest into the death of the man has been set for next month - November 8 to 10 at Burton Law Courts. In 2020, the department plead guilty of failing to provide a safe working at height environment which could have saved the workers (James Martin) life. A jury and presiding coroner Emily Caissy will be given evidence from witnesses to determine the facts sur...


4 Million Inspection Checklists Sold
4 Million Inspection Checklists Sold
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To date, Good to Go Safety have supplied over 4 million checklists to companies around the UK. If you don’t currently know about our multi-award winning inspection systems, you may be wondering why so many people insist on utilising Good to Go Safety rather than simply printing their own checklists in-house? The answers are numerous …. 1. Safety First From a safety perspective, there is a requirement under PUWER (Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations), LOLER (Lifting Operation...


A man has died due to falling from a scaffolding tower
A man has died due to falling from a scaffolding tower
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We're extremely sad to report that a employee has died due to falling from a misconfigured scaffold tower. Cambridge Magistrates Court heard how, on 15 September 2017, Sean Harding was working on a mobile tower levelling a steel beam that was seated on a door lintel. This involved using a crowbar to lever the beam up for a work colleague to insert a metal packer into the gap. Mr Harding caught his jacket sleeve on the tower, lost balance and fell over a single guard rail and down to ground le...


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