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Scaffold towers are a common piece of equipment used at construction sites, which allows workers to work at a height easily and safely. You may have seen these for yourself, but did you know there are different types of scaffold towers and scaffold alternatives, each being for specific purposes or scenarios? We outline some of the most popular scaffold types in their latest blog post.

Staircase Tower

An image of a scaffold tower over some stairs

This type of scaffold tower is self-explanatory – it’s for use on staircases, indoor and outdoor. Its easy-to-assemble frame creates a hassle-free and safe environment to access hard-to-reach areas around stairs. With simplicity in mind, this is an easy scaffold tower to use to keep the job from becoming arduous.

Cantilever Scaffold Tower

An image of two cantilever towers

Cantilever Towers are used in cases where there is an obstacle that doesn’t allow a full tower to be erected and prevents you from reaching the area you need. This tower includes an additional platform, which can be installed over the obstacle and provides an easy and safe way for you to complete the task at hand.

Advanced Guardrail Scaffold (AGR) Tower

An image of an extra secured scaffold tower

For additional fall protection, you can use the AGR tower. This tower allows construction workers to assemble the frame from the level below the one they’re assembling, which reduces the danger of falling. At each level, there is also an extra guardrail for the extra safety of your workers.

One Man Tower

An image of a man on top of a high scaffold tower

Specifically designed for lone workers, this tower can be easily assembled and disassembled by one person. The base can be turned into a trolley for easy transportation and storage, and can be fitted through doorways and into a small van.

Standard Scaffold Tower

An image of a double width scaffold tower

If you are completing a simple job, our standard towers may be just what you need. Available in a narrow or double width, these towers are easy to assemble and can reach heights of 8m and 12m respectively. Our most popular size is the 3m scaffold tower however not all jobs are the same so see our available sizes below to suit your needs.

Widths Available: 0.715m or 1.350m

Lengths Available: 2m, 2.5m or 3m

GRP Scaffold Tower

An image of a fibreglass scaffold tower

This is a different type of scaffold tower as it’s made with fibreglass instead of aluminium, which is non-conductive. These are ideal for working in areas where there are risks from high voltages, such as rail and electrical industries. This type of scaffold tower is also useful in areas where cleanliness is very important, such as cleanrooms or conservation areas, as fibreglass is a clean product and resistant to bacteria.

Different Types of Scaffold Towers – Access Towers Services

We provide different types of scaffold towers to all kinds of industries with high levels of customer service and competitive prices. If you’d like more information on the equipment we provide, just give us a call on 0208 665 1181 or send an email to and someone from our friendly team will get back to you.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is considered working at height?

Anything above ground level is considered Working at Height. Access Towers are a large provider of PASMA Training and sit within the top 5% in the UK, allowing us to train the full range of 1-Day PASMA Courses to suit any of your work at height Tower Training requirements.

What are the working at height regulations?

It is recommended by Health & Safety standards that those who are assembling Towers should be PASMA Trained. This will give operatives a 5-year qualification of competency for the use of mobile towers.

Do I need to have a licence/certificate to use the equipment?

Certifications will vary depending on what equipment you’re hiring. It’s always best to speak with our Hire Desk if you are unsure, where they can advise what will be best for you or in more advanced working conditions, we can install onsite.

What are the different training sessions you offer & who are they for?

Training courses are for anyone using the equipment, from commercially to domestically. These will range from PASMA Training for the use of Towers, IPAF Training for the use of MEWPS as well as various other courses such as Safety Harness Training and First Aid.

How do I know which equipment will be right for the job?

Our Hire Desk are trained across the full range of work at height stock available and will be able to advise and assist cost-free.

How quickly can you supply the tower(s)?

We aim for a next-day turnaround, this is dependent on the transport routes and how busy we are at the time. It works both ways and could be earlier than your requested date.