How to Erect an Aluminium Mobile Tower


Erecting scaffold has simplified over the years that now the smallest of jobs can be completed in the minimal of timeframes. The rules have also evolved to allow scaffolds under 4.0m to be erected by a person who may not hold a scaffold licence. This has allowed aluminium mobile towers to become more accessible in todays trade stores and open markets. However, the erector still needs to know the best way to erect a tower and how to ensure you sustain safety methods throughout the process.

  • Begin by laying out your base frames and castor wheels, and ensuring the area is clear of any hazards or unnecessary objects. Once this is done, insert the castor wheels in to ends of the base frames and ensure that the wing nuts have been lowered to the lowest point.
  • Once this is done, attach two horizonal bracing to the bottom most rung of the frames to create a base for the tower. Connect two of your diagonal bracings in opposite directions on the bottom most rung of one side and connect the other side to the third run from the bottom, on the adjacent frame.
  • Should there be any plan bracing required for your tower, attach that from one leg of the frame to the opposite leg. Some towers do not require plan bracing, therefore this step may not be required.
  • From your existing diagonal bracing, add additional bracing whilst continuing interchanging to increase stability. This will allow the frame to become self-supporting.
  • Install a temporary platform into your tower safely so that you can safely install any additional end frames, to allow extra height on your tower. Once this is done, install the platform in the correct position.
  • Once the platform is in place, install your stabilisers and lock them into place. From there, install horizontal bracing as handrailing for the above platform so that you can work safely and securely.
  • Remove the temporary platform and add a ladder through the ladder hatch to allow you access to the new working platform. Place the temporary platform in an area that you can access so you can install it with your working platform.
  • Once you have access to the working platform, along with handrailing and safety measures installed, access your temporary platform and install it with your working platform.
  • Continue previous steps if required, should this be a tall tower.
  • Install the guard rails on top of the tower, along with horizontal bracing to create hand railing.
  • Install the toe boards to all working platforms and lock in ladders to ensure no movement happens.
  • Lastly, inspect the tower to ensure all bracing and platforms are securely attached to the scaffold.

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