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UPRIGHT S.N.A. AERIAL WORK PLATFORMS / CASTERS

UPRIGHT S.N.A. AERIAL WORK PLATFORMS / CASTERS

 

ISSUE:

Casters taking major abuse?  Upright SNA aerial work platforms/casters will show you how to take steps to prevent small problems from turning into large problems. Upright SNA aerial work platforms/casters is a brief informational on our casters, their use and their abuse.

REASON:

Because the casters are on the bottom of the upright scaffolding or your aerial work platform. They are the last to be looked at until there is a problem. Normally we check the structure of the scaffolding as we build it. The aerial work platforms we normally just jump up onto and go up. We have become too trusting with our equipment. Remember you’re in control of your Upright SNA Aerial Work Platforms.

PREVENTION:

To prevent problems with your UPRIGHT SNA AERIAL WORK PLATFORMS / CASTERS, start by reading the instruction manual.  It takes 10 minutes and will save you time and money. When inspecting your equipment start at the bottom with your casters. Check them for string and other debris. Make sure the brakes work by pushing them down to lock them and pulling up on the lever to unlock them. Check to make sure your Upright Aerial Work Platform casters rotate side to side easily with the brake-off. So if you check your casters every morning and look for string and other debris that can wrap itself around your castor. Now is the time to remove it not later. By ignoring this and using the scaffolding the string or other debris will continue to wrap itself tighter and tighter around your castor hub. Once that happens you will need to take your castor apart and clean out the debris and then reassemble your castor. This will take you about a half hour to 45 minutes per castor. This equates to time and money.

Platform lifts #casters this is a 5 inch castor used by an insulation contractor.
CASTER IN LOCK POSITION
Platform lifts #casters I removed the string and they had a new castor.

 

 

Casters taking major abuse. Upright SNA aerial work platforms/casters will show you how to take steps to prevent small problems with your casters turning into large problems. I hope the above article helps you prevent major problems with your casters. YOU MAY ALSO CONTACT Joe Foot AT 707. 799. 8902 or email me at Joe@uprightSNA.com.

Upright Scaffold North America likes to say,” if you need to get up get upright with Upright Scaffold North America.”

 

 

,FIX MY ALUMINUM SCAFFOLDING EXTENSION FRAME

 

DAMAGE:

To fix your aluminum scaffolding extension frame we will need to know the problem. This three rung double wide extension frame is missing its bushings.

The missing bushings are what connect the extension frame to the bottom frame. After time these get beat up or lost.

FIX IN THE FIELD:

Fixing your aluminum scaffolding extension frame in the field requires the replacement bushing and the self-tapping screw. You will see from the pictures below the sequence process for replacing the bushing in the field.

This double wide extension frame is missing its bushings.
This shows them lining the holes up and getting ready to insert the self tapping screw

 

This shows the missing bushings at the bottom of the frame and the self tapping screws hole connecting the bushing to the frame

 

this shows bushing in place for self tappiing screws inserted
this shows the bushing in place and the self tapping screw and place. This frame is ready to go.

 

PREVENTION:

Read your owners manual regarding maintenance. By checking your scaffolding daily before it goes out you can catch loose screws or broken rivets. These are the two methods of connections that are used by the manufacturers for connecting the bushing to the frame. It takes less than 10 minutes to read the manual and that time can save you hundreds of dollars.

CONCLUSION:

In fixing your aluminum scaffolding extension frame you will need to know the problem in this situation it was the missing bushings. As you saw above they are easy to replace and if you have any questions please feel free to call me Joe foot at 707. 799. 8902 or email me at Joe@uprightsna.com.

As we like to say at Upright Scaffolds North America is,” if you need to get up, get Upright with Upright Scaffolds North America”

 

DAMAGE SCAFFOLDING

DAMAGE SCAFFOLDING

 

HOW DOES THIS HAPPEN?

Damage scaffolding starts with abuse. Abuse equals misuse.

If a person does not know how to use something like upright aluminum scaffolding they will wind up misusing it and in turn damaging the scaffolding. The pictures below reflects this abuse. The damage to these parts were the result of someone not knowing how to use the scaffolding properly.

Safety clip damage. They ripped between the locking hole and retaining hole
Tour between the locking pin hole and the holding position hole

 

HOW TO PREVENT DAMAGE:

Read the scaffolding manual. It will tell you how to use the scaffolding properly. How to set it up properly and tear it down. The instruction manual will talk about scaffolding maintenance. Now taking 10 minutes to read this will save you a lot of money. Train your people on the proper use of the scaffolding. This will prevent damage due to not understanding how to properly set up and tear down scaffolding. Understanding how to use the scaffolding would prevent the above damage.

 

CONCLUSION:

We all spend a lot of money on scaffolding so take the time to read the instruction manual. 10 minutes of time can save you hundreds of dollars. Damaged scaffolding starts with abuse. Abuse equals misuse. So take some time to train your people on the property use of your scaffolding.

If you have any questions you can give us a call at 707.799.8902 or email me at Joe@uprightsna.com.

 

As we like to say at Upright Scaffolds North America, if you need to get up get upright at Upright Scaffolds North America