In this Opinion piece, Priscila Escobar, Mechanical Design Engineer at HAKI, discusses the important considerations to be taken when sourcing scaffolding products.
Globalisation is allowing organisations around the world to be in dialogue with each other on an hourly basis. Although it is enabling businesses to keep connected from afar, on the ﬂip-side it is exposing companies to the lure of cheaper materials, which are sometimes a far cry from the quality products they should be using. This is especially important in the scaffolding sector.
As well as falling behind in terms of quality, cheaper products also run the risk of being less sustainable. This can be a problem for many reasons, mostly because these products tend to have shorter lifespans and aren’t, necessarily, produced in accordance with the right sustainability requirements.
If sustainability and quality are therefore compromised, this can potentially have an impact on the soundness of a structure and could weaken the overall health of the environment. It is why it is essential to always select solutions which deliver on quality, safety and sustainability. A tight project time-frame shouldn’t have a negative impact on the quality of a build, nor the health of our natural world.
The pressures of time
The need for building quickly and at reduced costs, together with stringent health and safety regulations, means construction companies require access solutions that allow for quick erection whilst maintaining the highest standards. System scaffolding has, over time, proved itself to be the best answer to this challenge.
Products that are designed to the highest standards enable safe and secure working conditions on all manner of complex projects including oil and gas, infrastructure sites, power generation sites and construction. State-of-the-art manufacturing facilities ensure the safe delivery of large volumes of accurately manufactured scaffolding components.
Products should be thoroughly tested to ensure high strength and durability, while procurement should be traceable from raw material to ﬁnished component – factors which are a huge assurance to customers, as are an extended warranty and compliance with the international suite ISO 9001:2008, the standard for quality management.
A longer lifespan
Longevity and sustainability go hand-in-hand; it is vital to use products which last for longer. With quality products, which are engineered to the highest standards, longer lifespans will be achieved. This in turn means products can withstand long-term projects (for less downtime in replacing access) or be reused on future programmes without any concern regarding their performance.
Cheap but not-so-cheerful
Globalisation is serving an important function when it comes to keeping businesses and people connected. The downside to this is the prevalence of cheaper, imported goods which do not meet the scrupulous high standards of developed countries. When taking all these factors into consideration, it is clear to see why it is essential to invest in a scaffolding product which represents quality, integrity and sustainability.