DIY 101: Why every home needs a scaffold tower

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It is a safe assumption to make that every home will have a ladder – a key DIY item to help you reach high and hard-to-reach places. But did you know that nearly 50,000 people end up in A&E every year as a result of a ladder accident in and around the home? Ladders can actually be really dangerous if you don’t know how to use one safely, or you’re trying to use it for the wrong kind of job.

What you need instead is a scaffold tower. Take your cue from the construction and maintenance industries where these are used professionally on a daily basis. Scaffold towers and platforms are made from lightweight, durable metals, they’re easy to assemble and dismantle, transport and store, and are a much safer option for working at height.

They’re a useful bit of kit for a wide range of handyman jobs where you’d struggle with a ladder, and could be a valuable addition to your collection of home DIY equipment.

  • Jobs around the home

From putting up shelves and installing light fittings to painting and decorating inside and out, there’s always something that needs doing. Unless you prefer to get a tradesman in every time a little job around the house needs attention, you’ll have to sort it out yourself. Unfortunately, many of us just simply don’t have the practical skills, and without proper training it’s easy to come a cropper.

According to statistics, over 200,000 get injured as a result of their DIY efforts every year. Knowing your limitations is as important as being safety conscious, which is where a scaffold tower comes in. Compared to the humble household ladder, a tower is a much safer and more stable platform to work from, providing space to move around, somewhere to put your tools while freeing up both hands for the job.

  • Outside cleaning jobs

From exterior window washing to gutter clearing, there are always going to be home cleaning jobs that need doing now and again. The jobs themselves may not be particularly difficult, which is why you’ll be tempted to do them yourself rather than get a professional in. The tricky bit, however, is the access.

Without a scaffold tower or platform to work from, you’ll have to rely on a ladder. This could compromise the whole operation if your ladder is precariously perched, or you really need two hands for the job but can’t let go of the ladder. Clearly, this is neither a satisfactory nor safe option. With a scaffold tower at your disposal, jobs such as cleaning roofs, solar panels, windows or guttering suddenly become a doddle, and you might even enjoy them!

  • Decorating for Christmas

Christmas decorations seem to become more elaborate each year, with many proud house owners now putting up outdoor decorations to make their homes look extra festive. Whether you choose to drape your exterior roofline in fairy lights or icicle lights, or you have high ceilinged rooms that are hard to reach for hanging decorations, please don’t be tempted to use a household ladder.

Rather than risking injury to life and limb by overreaching on a ladder or as a result of a slip and fall accident, do yourself a huge favour this Christmas and either buy or hire a scaffold tower instead. That way, whether you’re putting up or taking down your decorations, you can do the job easily, safely in in less time.

  • Help with gardening jobs

There’s always something that needs attention in the garden. From hedge pruning to tree coppicing, harvesting fruit or painting the shed roof, high level access is a regular requirement. While some jobs are best done by a qualified tree surgeon, most garden jobs can be done by a motivated DIYer, as long as you have the right equipment.

According to recent government statistics, around 6,000 gardeners fall off ladders each year. The number rises substantially if you add in all those aches and pains in arms, necks and backs that occur when you overstretch to reach hard-to-reach areas from a ladder. Working from a scaffold tower has obvious health & safety benefits here, allowing you to work at shoulder height and without overstraining your neck or shoulders.

  • Rescuing cats from high places

Cat owners will be only too familiar with the age old problem of Kitty getting stuck up a tree. While our purry pals love heights, they often underestimate the heights they’ve climbed to, and are then unable to get back down.

Back in the day, local firemen with their long ladders were routinely called to rescue trapped cats, but these days this is considered a bit of a waste of public resources. Rather than using a household ladder, balancing perilously while trying to reach your feline friend, a scaffold tower will provide a secure and stable platform from which to grab the cat and lift him safely from the tree.

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