Scaffolds Knowledge 15 July 2022

What is the difference between platform height and working height?

When looking for a rolling tower, you're confronted with many different professional terms. A traditional scaffold or rather one with Safe-Quick® GuardRails, Fiber-Deck® platforms or simply wooden platforms and do you want to erect the rolling tower working freely on the façade side or rather free-standing? Speaking of professional jargon, determining the platform height or working height remains the most important factor in choosing your rolling tower. But what does this actually mean and what is the difference between these two terms? This blog explains it all.


Platform height of a rolling tower

This is actually very simple. The platform height is the height of the platform on which you will be working, measured from the ground. Therefore, it you erect your platform at a height of 8.20 metres, then your platform height is 8.20 metres. The height of the rolling tower is approximately one metre higher than the platform height, thus in this example, your rolling tower will be 9.20 metres high.

Working height of a rolling tower

What does the working height mean? You calculate the working height by adding two metres to the platform height. In this case, it becomes 10.20 metres. The average Dutch person can reach up to two metres high when extending both his/her arms, which is why we use this measurement for determining the working height. Consequently, you buy a rolling tower based on the height that you want to reach, whether with a brush or for installing solar panels.


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