Today, metal scaffolding has become the norm. Metlink have been the preferred industry standard for decades, since the early 1950s. In addition, it is lightweight and can support extremely heavy loads. Workers are able to use it to carry supplies and heavy equipment, safely and comfortably.
Remote locations also present unique opportunities for metal scaffolding. Workers can install the more common types of scaffolding at remote locations, such as those at construction sites. However, in some instances, the need for strong, durable, easily moved materials like metal scaffolding arises.
One example is when maintenance needs to be done on high frequency towers. Normally, maintenance workers are required to dismantle the tower, take it down, and then re-attach it again. This requires strong workers with training in tower dismantling and installation. However, in some cases, lightning may strike and damage the building or the equipment. Without strong metal scaffolding, the workers would be unable to quickly dismantle the tower, relocate it to a safer area, and install it again. Because of this, metal scaffolding becomes essential in such cases.} The other type of scaffolding is made up of horizontal tubes called transoms. The scaffold being used should be large enough to accommodate the weight of the workers standing on the ground and the weight of the equipment as well. To prevent tipping over, it is important that the workers stay well out of the reach of the equipment while it is being assembled and in place. In addition to the workers, it is important to have a system in place for the hazardous materials that could fall. One example is having ladders that extend above the workers so that they do not fall off.