WHY SCAFFOLDING RAMPS & RUBBISH CHUTES ARE SO IMPORTANT
When it comes to getting the job done on construction sites, complementary scaffolding facilities like ramps and rubbish chutes play a big part. We build these features into our scaffolding solutions on a wide range of jobs to make the work on site more efficient. Ramps, of course, can provide easy access to and exits from the site and chutes are used to clear rubbish quickly and safely from the scaffold platform to the ground.
Good scaffolding hire firms know when to suggest incorporating these kinds of features into the scaffold structure. It’s a scaffolder’s job to provide a framework that will give full access across the site and allow heavy and awkward materials to be moved from ground to story level and the other way around.
Types of Rubbish Chutes
Naturally, we can construct rubbish chutes in the ways that are right for different situations. The most common type is a heavy duty plastic chute that is linked together using chains and hung from the scaffolding by a hopper head. Each plastic section is about 1.5 metres in length and about 1 metre in width, giving plenty of room for large pieces of debris to be disposed of effectively.
We link the sections together with a hook and chain that can also be used to tie the sections to the scaffold structure or drill them to a wall to ensure that the whole system is stable. It’s a versatile solution because we can build the chute to any length that is required.
However, if workers need to dispose of heavy masonry or roofing materials, we’d recommend the use of a timber scaffold chute over a plastic one. Plastic chutes can often suffer damage if the materials tumbling down it are too heavy so it’s essential to keep safety in mind and move to a more robust type of chute.
A timber rubbish chute is built using the face of an access tower and can be either completely vertical or placed at a slight angle if required to allow for a skip to be placed directly below it. This latter option also helps to fill the rubbish in the skip from the middle outwards. If a timber chute needs to extend beyond 10 metres in height, though, it should be installed vertically to ensure that the debris falls freely and doesn’t get caught on the way down. We use a 20yd skip for vertical rubbish chutes, with a fixed cover or tarpaulin covering it to stop the rubbish from escaping.
Rubbish chutes are not only a way of ensuring safety on site; they also help to keep costs down by allowing rubbish to be removed quickly and cutting down on site preparation time. We often find that the additional cost in installing a rubbish chute is more than offset by the time efficiencies gained.
The Many Uses of Scaffolding Ramps
Ramp scaffolds are an excellent way of gaining access to building interiors or on to floor slabs. We usually need to build ramps to allow workers to push wheelbarrows of materials or rubbish from one place to another. It’s important that there are easy ways for areas of the site to be cleared quickly and for materials to be moved to hoists or loading bays without risk of injury. On new build sites, ramps are often used to give safer access where the ground has not been made ready for the garden and is still uneven. The last thing a project manager needs is for those expensive plasterers and plumbers to be slowed down by restricted access on site. We install these ramps until it’s time for the paths and driveway to be built.
Ramps are now being more widely used on building sites because the working at height regulations, which state that proper access has to be installed if the step up is greater than 450mm. With access platforms above 450mm, edge protection handrails and toeboards also have to be included. However materials are being moved around the site, we’d recommend that the project manager makes it as easy as possible for contractors to bring in their equipment and materials.
However, ramps are used in many different types of scenarios. They are often constructed to give people easy and orderly access to venues, particularly patrons who have a disability. We have built ramps to be used as walkways and site entrances so they are a really versatile access solution.
Basically, scaffold ramps can be constructed to pretty much any size. We construct them from tubes and fittings to any dimension needed so we can calculate the length and angle to get the access right for the project.