When it comes to purchasing scaffold equipment, you should make sure you’re purchasing from scaffold manufacturers who are known for producing top quality, reliable and safe equipment. If you’re in the market for some new equipment here are a few of the top things you should keep in mind.
Know the relevant standards and regulations
Australian has some strict safety standards and regulations relating to scaffold equipment so before you purchase new components you should think about what kinds of equipment meets the standards of your country. Equipment will need to meet certain measurements and comply with certain requirements so it’s very important to check that any boards, tubes or couplers fit in which the regulations in your country.
What warranties are in place
It is very important that you can easily get new components to match up with the scaffold equipment that you purchase, which means your manufacturer should be easily traceable and have a presence in your country. It is also very important that there are good warranties in place in case any of your equipment fails and you require replacement or repairs.
You get what you pay for
It’s important to remember that when it comes to scaffold equipment, you really do get what you pay for. Cheaper equipment might be tempting because of the lower upfront cost, but you’ll often end up spending a lot more due to replacing equipment and maintenance costs and potentially even legal issues if cheaper quality equipment fails. Scaffold equipment can be high risk for workers and falls, injuries and even deaths happen all the time so it’s very important to invest in quality equipment. Whilst some equipment may be more expensive upfront, it will usually pay off dividends thanks to warranties and product support.
Get product support
It is important when buying new scaffold equipment that you purchase through a manufacturer who can offer you good product support and customer care. This will help you to manage any issues or get answers to any questions you might have. Good product support can be invaluable when working with new equipment and can help you save a lot of time and money and make the process of setting up and dismantling equipment much smoother.
The process of testing has been performed properly
When it comes to scaffold equipment, it’s important that it’s been properly tested for safety and reliability. It’s important that equipment is properly certified and that all of the components and parts that you use have been checked for quality. Quality assurance is an absolute necessity for equipment that can be extremely high risk. Equipment that hasn’t been checked properly may be very dangerous and could cause serious injury.
Purchase from local providers
Some companies will opt to purchase equipment from overseas providers but it is always preferable to work with local providers as this will mean you’ll be able to inspect products in person and you will be able to get local product support.
Having a local technical support team is invaluable as it means you’ll be able to get answers to your questions right away when you need them.
It’s important when shopping for equipment that you take the time to do your research and ask plenty of questions. There are quick and easy modular solutions available which can be easy for those who are not familiar with it, or other products for speciality applications. If you’re not sure what best suits your particular applications, speak to local manufacturers and product providers to get advice and guidance on the best products for your needs.