Scaffolding – Don’t Forget Your Tools!!

Before you can erect, maintain or dismantle scaffolding, you will require a few basic tools and items of equipment. Let’s take a quick look at the basics…

Scaffold Spanner – A box or tube type wrench with a swing over handle that has been purpose designed for the tightening and releasing of couplers.

Magnetic Spirit Level – A spirit level is used to sure the footings of the scaffold. The job of levelling the scaffold is made easier when the spirit level is magnetic. These are available at most harware stores.

Tape Measure – The tape measure is used to check distances and square scaffold components relative to each other.

Scaffolder’s Belt – The scaffolder’s belt includes provisions for all scaffold equipment as well as other tools. The belt is worn around the waist and provides a safe and efficient means of carrying tools.


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Scaffolding – Components and Equipment

Aztex scaffoldings are designed to Australian Standards and consist of a number of component parts. When used in accordance with recommended job procedures, Aztex scaffolding provides safe, easy to use scaffolding solutions for a diverse range of jobs, work site requirements and conditions. We will look at some basic scaffolding components below…

Frame – The Frame consists of two standards (or uprights) joined at the top by a transom (or horizontal structural member).


Punced Hole Cross Brace – The brace is fixed diagonally to the pinlocks on the frame standards and consist of two members joined at the mid-point by a bolt and nut. The brace can be collapsed for transport and storage and opened for bracing together two scaffold frames.




Adjustable Baseplates – This consists of a baseplate and an adjustable leg which is used for the purpose of load support and leveling the scaffold. The baseplate distributes the load from the vertical standard of the frame through the soleplate to the supporting ground structure or surface. The adjustable leg consists of a threaded tube with nut, which is designed to fit inside the vertical standard of the frame and support the standard load.


Soleboard – The soleboard distributes the scaffold load from the adjustable baseplate to the ground or other supporting structure. Soleboard dimensions and requirements are determined by the height and width of the scaffold as well as the stability of the ground on which the scaffold is erected.

Scaffold Plank – A decking component of standard width and depth, designed to conform to AS 1577 scaffold planks. Set side by side, scaffold planks provide a working platform. The number of planks required is determined by the type and size of the scaffold frame. Each end of the plank is fitted with a steel end. The plank ends are positioned over a transom during erection of the working platform.


Guardrail – A galvanized mesh structure designed to prevent people and objects falling from the working platform.


Guardrail Posts

Guardrail posts are only required on the top most level of the scaffold. These posts are fitted onto the spigots of the scaffold frame standards. The post is fitted with a clamp to secure it and the guardrail is slid into the spigots positioned at the top and bottom of the guardrail post.

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Liftwell Screen Maintenance

Have you got Aztex Liftwell Screens installed on site? If so, they should be regularly inspected and maintained. This should be done prior to installation, following movement or handling or following an incident. Need some tips?

  • Check the lock is operational.
  • Check the enclosure is securely fixed.
  • Check all component parts are in place.
  • Check the door opens correctly.
  • Check the enclosure is free of damage and fully functional.

If any Liftwell Screen on site sustains a significant impact or damage, it should be returned to Aztex Equipment for assessment, repair or decommissioning and disposal where relevant.

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Liftwell Screen General Safety

The Aztex Equipment Liftwell Screen is designed for the specific purpose of safeguarding persons working in or around liftwell openings. NEVER modify or tamper with the enclosure for any other purpose!Access to Liftwell Screens should be by key and only authorised personnel should be issued with one. DO NOT chock or leave doors open at any time!

LWSDon’t forget that even though the new Aztex Liftwell Screens are 40% lighter than the old all steel enclosures, material handling equipment should be used to move them. If they must be manually handled, be sure to use two person lifting techniques. More tips on the Aztex Liftwell Screens to come…For sale and hire details click here.

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Lets Talk Scaffolding Safety…

When erecting scaffold there are many standards, laws, rules and regulations to adhere to. Be aware of these as they will supersede any instructions that may have been issued.We will touch on a few safe working practices here. Remember, abuse of scaffold may endanger lives! Serious injury or death can result from failure to comply with safety regulations.When erecting, dismantling or altering scaffold, only a qualified or competant person may do so, if a person could fall 4.0m or more, the scaffold MUST be erected by a qualified scaffolder. Don’t forget to always wear the correct PPE and make sure that all the equipment is in good repair. If a person could fall 1.8m or more, then a guardrail MUST be installed. Equip and maintain all platforms with proper guardrails, along all open sides and ends of scaffold platforms.

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Scaffold Tower

scaffolding daily before use, if a defect is found, DO NOT USE! When working on a scaffold, stand on the platform only, NEVER sit, climb or stand on guardrails or braces.We will have more on this in coming posts, stay tuned…

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