We are honored to be featured in the September/October 2019 issue of Scaffold and Access Magazine because of yet another of our innovative, cost-saving scaffolding solutions. You can read the story starting on page 16 in the digital version of the magazine.
The Challenges of Getting Materials to Upper Levels
A key challenge while working on multi-story projects is getting materials and tools up and down in the safest, most efficient, most practical ways. Associated labor cost is a major consideration, of course—especially when crew members pass materials up and down the scaffold hand to hand. This can require a lot of bodies and it can be a slow process. But it can also be tricky to determine whether investments in new equipment like the various available types of construction hoists will be worthwhile.
Our Scaffolding Solutions at Work: A Real-World Example
As the Scaffold and Access Magazine article recounts, our formwork and shoring division Trekker Distributor recently provided access and scaffolding solutions for a construction project at Harbor Village Condominiums in Panama City, Florida.
We initially calculated that we’d need 16 to 18 workers for about 100 days to complete this large-scale scaffolding project that would be erected in 10 sections of 200 feet each. On top of labor costs, given the distance between our nearest office and the project site, we also had to take into account travel, lodging, and per diem expenses.
It quickly became clear that we had to cut down on the number of employees needed for the job. With some research, we determined that Beta Max Maxial Track Hoists was the best way to go. We purchased two, and were very pleased with the results.
Instead of each 200-foot section of scaffolding taking 10 days with a crew of 16 workers, we were able to complete them in seven days with only six workers. This yielded around $40,000 in labor cost savings per section, and when all was said and done, we saw our costs reduced by $150,000 thanks to these hoists.
It’s also worth noting that these hoists improve health and safety on and around the scaffold. They greatly reduce the risk of materials being dropped. But they also eliminate a lot of repetitive motions on the part of workers and reduce muscle pulls and fatigue.
Need Scaffolding and Access Solutions?
If you want a formwork, shoring, and scaffolding partner who’s dedicated to finding the most cost-effective, efficient, and safest solutions for your project, Trekker Distributor is here to help.