A sidewalk canopy is meant to protect pedestrians while construction is ongoing. To ensure its effectiveness, contractors need to consider some factors when installing one. These include the scaffold above the canopy and access to the building.
Canopy with a scaffold installed above it should support not just the required live load but also the loads imposed by the scaffold. When installing scaffold above the canopy, contractors need to make sure that the scaffold legs come through the canopy deck. They should also be supported directly on the canopy stringer beams since most canopy decks may not be strong enough to support the loads of scaffold legs.
In some cases, the scaffolding will need to be adjusted in a way that still allows access to the building. Openings may be necessary in the bracing along the run of the canopy and doorways for ingress and egress. Contractors also need to ensure that fire and emergency exits are not blocked.
To help contractors choose a sidewalk canopy that’ll fit their construction needs, they can get help from Scaffold Resource. Aside from scaffold rentals, we can also provide engineering services such as design and erection to help you with challenging situations.