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Scaffolding Rental Alternative

Benefits of Using ErectaStep’s Solutions Over Scaffolding

Traditional scaffolding presents many challenges and risks. ErectaStep & RollaStep products offer a superior alternative with modular, OSHA-compliant platforms.

Scaffolding Rental vs. Semi-Permanent Access Platforms

Renting or leasing metal scaffolding for semi-permanent or long-term applications comes with numerous disadvantages, including significant safety risks if not installed correctly. Regular inspections and re-certifications are necessary and costly fines if not performed on time. ErectaStep and RollaStep provide a long-term alternative to traditional scaffolding systems. ErectaStep’s patented, bolt-together design employs five modular components to create unlimited stair and access configurations, pre-engineered to meet or exceed OSHA standards. This drastically reduces the typical design and installation process from weeks to mere days, without the need for costly engineering.

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Project Profile

ErectaStep Replaces Temporary Scaffolding at Refinery

ErectaStep installation at a petrochemical refinery, replacing expensive temporary scaffolding with durable, permanent metal stairs; pays for itself in two years, saving $12,000 annually by replacing rental scaffolding.

Rolling Mobile Work Platform

Replacing temporary scaffolding systems with an MP Series RollaStep saves $18,000 in the first year, improves maintenance efficiencies, and is OSHA-compliant for improved worker safety.

Key Benefits

Return on Investment (ROI)

Comparing traditional scaffolding with ErectaStep modular platforms reveals significant long-term financial benefits for the latter. While traditional scaffolding might seem less expensive initially, costs quickly add up with rental fees, frequent inspections and certification, and the need for skilled labor for assembly and disassembly. In contrast, ErectaStep’s modular platforms eliminate recurring costs associated with scaffolding, providing significant long-term savings. Additionally, traditional scaffolding requires regular maintenance, incurring additional costs. ErectaStep systems, constructed from marine-grade aluminum, are designed for durability and long-term use, significantly reducing maintenance costs, without the need for repetitive costly re-certifications.

Safety

Compliance and safety are critical concerns with scaffolding. OSHA citations for scaffolding violations are frequent, highlighting the inherent risks and the need for rigorous inspections by competent persons. ErectaStep platforms, however, always meet OSHA standards without requiring frequent inspections, ensuring continuous compliance and safety. Traditional scaffolding can be unstable and risky, especially in adverse weather conditions. ErectaStep’s platforms provide a stable and secure working environment, reducing the risk of accidents and injuries. Several industries have successfully replaced scaffolding with ErectaStep solutions, resulting in improved safety records. For example, projects in the defense and heat exchanger maintenance industries have reported significant safety improvements using ErectaStep systems.

Productivity

The ease of installation and reconfiguration of ErectaStep platforms significantly boosts productivity. Traditional scaffolding requires skilled labor and is time-consuming to install. Additionally, weekly and sometimes daily inspections by competent persons
take time, causing personnel to wait around unproductively. This hidden cost adds up over the year. In contrast, ErectaStep’s modular design allows for quick and easy assembly by mechanical fitters, reducing downtime and labor costs. ErectaStep’s platforms can be easily reconfigured for various applications, enhancing operational flexibility. Many industries and plants have experienced productivity boosts by switching to ErectaStep solutions, showcasing the efficiency and versatility of modular platforms.

Sustainability

Traditional scaffolding often involves heavy materials with high environmental footprints. ErectaStep systems, made from recyclable aluminum, contribute to reduced environmental impact. Furthermore, ErectaStep platforms support green building initiatives by contributing to LEED credits through their sustainable manufacturing processes and recyclable materials.

IssueTraditional ScaffoldingModular Platforms
(both ErectaStep or RollaStep)
InstallRequires trained, competent, qualified scaffolding technicianIs modular in design, bolted together, easy to assemble, requiring Mechanical Fitters to install
PermitsNoneNone
Pre-Use InspectionRequiredNot required
Minimum 7-day InspectionRequiredNot required.  Good working practice will often schedule an annual inspection
OSHA ComplianceCan be either an operational expense or capital expense to suit client needsYES, ALWAYS
Materials of ConstructionGalvanized steel tube and timber
• Heavy
• Heavy to transport, environmental impact
• Installation challenge
Marine Grade Aluminium
• Corrosion resistant
• Powder-coated Handrails.
• Low environmental impact
• This is an inherently non-emitting source of VOCs
Monthly FeesYesNo
DismantleRequires trained, competent, qualified scaffolding technicianIs modular in design, bolted together, easy to disassemble, requiring Mechanical Fitters
Re-PurposeYES – Requires trained, competent, qualified scaffolding technicianIs modular in design, bolted together, easy to disassemble, requiring Mechanical Fitters
Productivity/ThroughputScaffolding is a means to an end; it does not result in improved productivityAn OSHA modular solution, rigid, stable, and designed to combine Safety with Productivity
ErgonomicsScaffolding can be ergonomic, but it also requires lifting and carrying heavy materials, awkward postures, and repetitive motions.  It is not the safest or most efficient way to do the jobThis solution aims to create safe, comfortable, and productive workspaces by bringing human abilities and limitations into the design of a workspace
CAPEX or OPEX?Can be either an operational expense or capital expense to suit client needsDepending upon the application, this can be anything from 120 days and out.  There are outliers.
ROIThis should be carefully considered.  Careful review of:
• Project timeline
• Supplier
• Operator training
• Maintenance/Inspection
• Downtimes
Depending upon application, this can be anything from 120 days and out.  There are outliers.