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Instructions for Erecting Rolling or Stationary Towers

Before assembling your scaffold tower, be sure to read and understand the manufacturer's instructions and all applicable safety regulations. Check all parts for damage, making sure that they are in proper working order. Any part that does not look to be in good working condition or is damaged in any way should not be used.

  1. Bracing
    1. Secure the diagonal bracing to the frame sections using frame brace locks.
    2. Ensure all braces are properly positioned and tightened.
  2. Casters, Jacks & Base Plates
    1. Attach casters to the base frame and secure with attaching pin or bolt.
    2. Set the brakes on all casters.
    3. If using leveling casters or extensions, secure them with stem retainer clamps, wire, or other suitable means.
    4. Do not extend leveling screws more than 12 inches.
    5. If application does not call for a rolling tower, follow above procedures and replace casters with leveling jacks or base plates on mud sills.
  3. Cat-a-Corner Squaring Brace
    1. Attach the cat-a-corner squaring brace at the base and every additional 20 feet of height. This brace helps maintain the tower’s squareness and stability.
  4. Outriggers
    1. If the tower height exceeds three times the minimum base dimension, install outriggers to increase stability or tie in to permanent structure as codes require.
    2. Pin caster to outrigger and attach outrigger to scaffold leg.
    3. Adjust to desired angle and tighten clamp firmly to prevent movement.
    4. Set caster brakes.
  5. Adding Frame Sections
    1. Hoist end frames and braces to next level by means of rope and tag line. 
    2. Install diagonal bracing. 
    3. Secure frames together using inserts and insert locking pins. 
    4. Be sure to erect step frames so that the steps continue above one another on the
    5. same side of the frame. 
    6. Full decking should be installed on completed tier before attempting to assemble next tier, and should be moved up as each additional tier is completed.
  6. Guard Railing - Final Decking
    1. Upon completion of tower to desired height, install and lock double guard railing and toeboards on all 4 sides as required by OSHA. 
    2. Make sure all guard rail posts are secured with lock pins. 
    3. Install walkboards to full deck platform work area. 
    4. Secure walkboards in place by using an 8 penny nail, engaging slide lock, engaging rotation lock as equipped. 
    5. See OSHA regulations for additional information concerning securing decking.

Additional Tips:

  • Inspect scaffold daily or before each use.
  • Do not exert horizontal force from on top of a freestanding scaffold.
  • Do not climb or stand on cross braces or horizontal braces.
  • Do not swing around corner of scaffold to enter platform from the cross brace side.
  • Do not use boxes, ladders, or other means to increase working height.
  • Do not stand or sit on guard rails.
  • Do not use bricks, boxes, concrete blocks, or any other unstable objects under scaffold leg.
  • NEVER ride a moving scaffold.
  • Do not move scaffold by applying a pulling or pushing force at or near the top.
  • Do not use braces as a platform support.
  • Do not use personnel brackets (side brackets) on a Rolling Tower.
  • Use approved access ladder or stairs to climb scaffold. Properly erected step type end frames will provide "equivalent, safe access" as required by OSHA.
  • When hoisting material or using side brackets, scaffold must be restrained from tipping by guying, tying to a permanent structure or other acceptable means.
  • Restrict loading to safe working loads. If unsure of safe load limit, consult your scaffold dealer.
  • If you have not been provided with OSHA regulations or safety literature, or for any questions concerning the safe use of this equipment, call 419/445-8915 before use.