Month: July 2019

Scaffolding

Hiring Scaffolding Vs. Buying Scaffolding

If you’ve come to the conclusion that you’ll need scaffolding for your next work project, then the next biggest choice you will have to make is whether to hire or buy your equipment at Mr Scaffold. There is no simple answer here, as it’s down to a variety of factors which will impact which is the better decision for you. You’ll need to ensure you adhere to OSHA guidelines regardless of what you choose to do – some hire companies can help with this, but if you have the expertise and the resources available you might prefer to buy.  


What to consider

Financial considerations are what your choice will likely boil down to, as you’ll want to get the best return for your investment. Purchasing scaffolding is a large upfront expense, but can save you a lot in the long run if you will regularly require the scaffolding for longer periods of time – such as three months or longer. You will have to keep up with regular maintenance and inspections to adhere to safety standards in Australia, this can be expensive and require the hiring of qualified professionals –this is important to consider before purchasing new scaffolding.

Another factor in considering the cost of purchasing scaffolding is that you will also need storage available to keep your equipment when it is not in use. Hiring storage facilities can inflate costs considerably.

Hire materials will be securely stored in hired facilities, and can be expertly erected by professional hire staff. For one of or shorter projects, hiring equipment can be considerably less expensive.  

If you’re trying to hire then the general rule to follow is that projects require oddly shaped scaffolding, or structures over 6 metres then hiring is the way to go. Smaller structures for longer use might indicate buying is a better choice.   


Safety considerations

workers standing on a scaffolding

Safety is paramount when it comes to construction equipment and scaffolding. Australia has some very detailed occupational health and safety guidelines that must be followed to help protect the lives and safety of construction workers. Falls from heights is the number one cause of construction equipment death. Poorly managed safety equipment can be a huge liability and threaten the lives and safety and workers –that’s why proper professional advice are necessary. Hiring well-trained staff with the correct certifications is essential. Most hire company have staff for hire that can be mobilized quickly to get your project off the ground faster.


Where to hire or buy

There are many different highly knowledgeable and experienced hire and equipment companies. These companies will be able to advise on the best equipment for your job. They often offer additional services such as installation, safety advice, storage and staff hire. If you require people with the correct certifications and training then going through a reputable hire company is the best way to ensure your project runs smoothly and safely.

Go through a local provider for easy on-site service and fast delivery. This will ensure you’re project runs simply and easily from the get-go.

If you’re trying to decide whether to hire or buy your equipment the hopefully you’ve found these tips to be useful. In the end it comes down to a number of important factors and considerations, such as the nature of your project, your workforce, your budget and your safety needs.

Ask around and compare prices and service offerings before you settle on your chosen provider. There are many different types of equipment out there, and different levels of expertise, so it’s important to shop around find the best supplier for you and your business needs.