Steel Erection Equipment: A Summary

30 November 2018
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Steel frameworks are the backbone of a city's architecture that eventually rise to give people a fascinating cityscape. Each structure has different needs and hence will have different requirements. However, the following is a general guide to the equipment needed to erect a steel structure.

First step: Unloading and storing

Initially, the truck will arrive loaded with bundles of everything that you need for your steel structure. Adequate lifting equipment is also needed to handle the load of the steel you are using. For instance, steel columns made from heavy commercial-grade steel will require a forklift, truck loader or front-end loader to be lifted. Also consider the height that the erected steel structure will reach and then select the appropriate lifting equipment. 

Step 2: Erection and Assembly

Ensure that all obstructions leading to the job site are removed. Also, look out for overhead power lines and ensure that the delivery truck can easily access the property. This will prevent unnecessary delays and allow you to stick to the plan. Two basic tools required are variable grip wrenches and a cordless drill. You will also require power screw guns to correctly install self-drilling screws. Take into consideration that screw guns come with an adjustable clutch to disengage the driver. If this is not done then the neoprene washers can strip out as you tighten the screws.

Safety equipment

On any construction site, the safety of the workers and anyone else in the area is of utmost importance. This means that every worker must have the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) for the particular job they are assigned. Here is a list of PPE for construction sites:

  1. Hard hats. These protect against any head injuries from falling objects. In Australia, workers must use a certified hard hat that must meet industry standards. 
  2. Ear protection. If the construction site is loud and could potentially cause ear damage, then this must also be worn by workers. 
  3. Safety goggles. There are various kinds of safety goggles available, so one must use the eye protection relevant to the activity. Safety goggles also include other face protection gear such as face shields and tinted lenses. 
  4. Gloves. These must also match the activity being performed (there are several types available including leather, fabric and rubber). 

This is of course not a comprehensive guide to all the safety gear required. Additional safety gear includes bandages, flashlights and antibiotic wipes, among other things.

For more information about steel erection equipment, contact your local supplier.