FORMWORK giant Peri is set to plunge into the scaffold market with a ledger-based system scaffold.
The Peri Up system is the first to use a 250 mm deck, allowing it to be fitted interchangeably into any of its modular or frame systems and in either direction.
The firm believes the system will propel it into market leadership within four years.
Managing director Carl Heathcote said: ' The fact that it is a standard 250 mm means it can be fitted in either direction, is quicker to put up and there is less sorting of components required.' Other features include a selflocking wedge on the beams, which do not need hammering, enabling workers to build an advanced guardrail without needing special components.
The system also uses a dropin high-visibility toeboard, non-slip decks, which fit closely without gaps, and a 1 m-wide staircase.
Product manager Howard Ball said: 'It is the nearest thing to tube and fitting but the corners, for instance, will be tighter because the decks will all be on the same level, rather than overlapping.' Mr Heathcote added: 'Bricklayers don't want to wait around for the scaffolders to come.'