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Types of Scaffolding

Types of Scaffolding

Scaffolding is a platform temporarily constructed to enable construction workers access different heights and carry out work on the building that is being constructed. It is made from steel, bamboo or timber. Steel is most commonly used because of its strength and durability. It is not only used to provide workers with access to the work area but also to carry building materials to various levels of the structure.

The following are the types of Scaffolding and the advantages they have to offer at a construction site. It is vital to choose the right kind, depending on the kind of building that is being constructed.


Supported Scaffolding:

One of the most used scaffolding at construction sites. They are used for the construction of tall structures. This is because they can provide the needed height for workers to access the work area. They are also safe to use because additional support can be added to the scaffolding structure if it is required to bear a lot of weight. They are also available at affordable prices.


Suspended Scaffolding:

Suspended scaffolding is used when it is not possible to construct scaffolding from the base. And therefore the scaffolding is suspended from a roof or a tall building. It is used when repairs need to be carried out on the upper levels of buildings. The advantage is that workers can access high levels of the building but only one or two workers can use it at a time. They are easy and convenient to install.

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Rolling Scaffolding:

They are similar to supported scaffolding but the difference being they have wheels at the base. They can be moved easily moved to the place where the construction worker needs to work. The wheels are locked when it has been moved, and therefore they are secure to use. Another advantage is that it is not required to be deconstructed each time the work is completed; because they are mobile.  And they allow workers access to longer areas.

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Aerial Lifts:

Aerial lifts are mounted on vehicles with a telescopic and rotating boom. They are most commonly used when workers only need to access the exterior of the building, like during the installation of windows. Aerial lifts provide access to multiple levels at different times and can carry many workers with materials that are required for the job. It is very safe to use aerial lifts.

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The Steel Industry in UAE

The Steel Industry in UAE

UAE purchases the highest quantity of steel in the MENA region. Steel has been used in massive quantities in the country since 2006. This was because of the colossal constructions that were underway in the past decade. Since then there has been a steady increase in the demand for steel in the UAE. The UAE’s effort to diversify its economy and become a nation that is not solely dependent on oil has been supported by the steel industry.  The nation does not only consume steel but also has been a major exporter of the metal. In the year 2015, UAE consumed about three million tons of steel and experts are of the opinion that this demand would further increase to an additional 19.5% this year.

Steel finds a place at the top of the most used building materials. This is because of the varied benefits the alloy has to offer. Steel is an alloy that is versatile; and is used in various applications, it is durable and affordable. Every kind of construction requires steel in one form or the other and the construction of any structure is not complete without the addition of steel. This makes steel one of the most treasured building materials. As they also provide strength and longevity to the structure.

Architects are benefitted from the use of steel; as steel gives an architect the freedom to come up with any design that was not conceived before. And these designs could be constructed with steel fabrications. Besides construction, Steel is also used in various other industries. It is used in the manufacture of machines, furniture and vehicles.

UAE supplies the major quantity of steel and steel is also imported into the country from other countries like China, Turkey and Iran.

The Steel industry has supported the economy of the UAE when oil prices have dropped and is one of the factors that provide stability to the economy of the country.

The UAE has five major producers of steel: The Emirates Steel, The Conares, Hamriya Steel, Tiger steel, Qatar steel UAE and Star steel. Each of these organizations produces over 500,000 tons of steel. In the recent past, other organizations are also putting in efforts to enter the steel trade in UAE. UAE has a trade policy that attracts entrepreneurs and organizations from all parts of the world. The upcoming 2020 Dubai World Expo is also a factor that is attracting investors in the steel industry in the nation.

Advantages of Gratings

Advantages of Gratings

Gratings find a prominent place in industries because of its varied applications and longevity. They prove to be most beneficial to any environment in which they are installed as they carry the following advantages.
Easy to install: The installation process is short as they are manufactured with the required bends and joints. It can be customized to suit any and every dimension of an establishment.
Available and Affordable: Gratings are manufactured from a wide variety of materials. These metals that are used for its manufacture are available in large quantities. The cost of the metals is affordable because of its availability. Industries procure them because of their durability and are a low cost maintenance commodity.
Slip Resistant: One of the prime advantages of gratings is that they are ideal for flooring applications as they are slip resistant. Industries benefit from slip resistant flooring and can avoid mishaps that could otherwise prove fatal.
Durability: Since gratings are manufactured from various metals such as aluminum, steel and so on. These metals are known for their strength and endurance. They remain strong for a long period of time and need little or no maintenance.
Customization: They can be customized according to fit any angle or dimension. They offer the advantage of having a unique set up, which is safe, pleasing and aesthetically designed. The customized gratings are manufactured with the required joints and bends making the installation a simple task.
Maintenance: Little or no maintenance is required for gratings. The durability and strength of the metals make for a long lasting product.
Heavy Duty: Gratings are built to withstand massive amounts of weight. Ideal for industrial purposes, gratings are used as platforms where forklifts and other heavy machinery are used.