How to change a light bulb – Scaffolding style
How do you change light bulbs on the ceiling above a giant spiral staircase that descends several floors?
You can see the light fixtures just out of reach from the railing in the shot. Sure, you could dangle precariously from several extension ladders, or you could cautiously lean over the edge while your coworker holds onto your belt loop while you reach with all of your might to grasp the super hot bulb and pray that you didn’t piss them off in the past. But then, how would you get to the recessed ones directly in the center? Hmmmm??? Or you could do it the Superior Scaffold way – using system scaffold.
The Cira Centre is a 29 story glass high-rise in the Universal City area of Philadelphia. You can’t miss the glass structure against the skyline. They had a problem. Several of the light bulbs in the ceiling had burned out and they couldn’t reach them to change them out. They called Superior Scaffold to devise a creative way to breach the spiral staircase in between the 24th and 26th floors so crews could replace the old bulbs with longer lasting energy efficient ones.
“The benefit of using system scaffolding in an area like this is that we can build the base around almost anything, even a spiral staircase. It’s very versatile and stable, especially when you need legs of different lengths or heights,” said estimator, Pat McAndrew.
You can see from the photos just how they built the scaffold to fit into and around the staircase.
So remember, when you’ve got something you can’t reach with a traditional ladder or other means – scaffolding just might be the trick.
More info on the Cira Center at 2929 Market Street Philadelphia, PA 19104.