Safety / Laws and Standards Scaffolding
Strict standards and legislation apply to suspended platform systems. Working safely at heights involves various risks. In many countries, strict rules apply to professional use. This makes sense, because the material is used intensively. The requirements which work equipment such as suspended platform systems, scaffolds, ladders and stepladders have to meet is recorded in a range of standards and legislation. Below follows an explanation of the most important standards and other information for suspended platform systems. The symbols for this can also be found on the product pages.
The current European standard for rolling towers is the EN 1004. This standard makes more demands of the rolling towers than the expired standard HD 1004. The Altrex rolling and folding towers referred to on this site meet the EN 1004 standard and are equipped with the required strength and stability calculations.
The current European standard for facade scaffolds is the EN 12811. This standard applies to all non-rolling scaffolds.
EN 1298 and extensive manual assembly and use
It is recorded in European standard EN 1298 which requirements the manual for assembly and use of scaffolds have to meet. Altrex places great importance on the safety of its products in use. The extensive manuals assembly and use of Altrex-scaffolds are drafted in conformity with EN 1298.
Strength and stability calculations
The European Work at Height Guideline makes requirements of working at height. These requirements are incorporated in the legislation and regulation of the various European member states. The scaffolds are required to be calculated, signed and tested in conformity with these rules.
Altrex’ standard configurations are equipped with strength and stability calculations. Altrex has the specialist to make the complex calculations for the special scaffold configurations as well. This does not just concern the carrying out of the calculation, but in particular the analysis and interpretation of the calculation results demands expertise. It is mainly the material characteristics, strengths, element types and element sizes which determine the results.
Altrex has had notified body TüV Nord for inspection of several ladders, stepladders and scaffolds.