We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.
Advertiser Disclosure
Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.
How We Make Money
We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently of our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What is an Erection Tower?

Malcolm Tatum
Updated May 17, 2024
Our promise to you
About Mechanics is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At About Mechanics, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject-matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

Erection towers are simple structures that are commonly employed at building construction sites. A basic erection tower is a temporary framework of scaffolding that is created for the sole purpose of aiding in the construction of a permanent building. Towers of this type can be used to support workers, or as a means of maneuvering building materials into place with the use of a hoist or crane.

A basic erection tower construction involves the use of solid metal pipes to create the basic framework. Usually, the pipe sections are threaded to allow for easy connection between sections. Holes are drilled into the pipes at precise points, making it possible to join the sections at several different angles. This makes it easy to adapt the configuration of the tower to suit the current needs of the construction process.

Along with the metal scaffolding, wood planking is often used in the general design. The planking effectively creates secure walkways for construction professionals to move about while working on various sections of the building construction. At the same time, the use of sturdy wood planking makes it possible to create surfaces where flats of building materials can be placed with the use of a crane or hoist. This allows the crew working on the building to have what they need at hand, eliminating the need to constantly climb up and down the tower scaffolding.

It is not unusual for tower cranes to be part of the erection tower design, especially when the construction project involves a building with more than a couple of stories. Erecting a tower crane still involves the same basic process and materials as any erection tower, but also requires the creation of reinforced sections that can support the weight of heavier machinery. The crane itself may be placed onto the framework, or simply be attached to the scaffolding, depending on the general condition of the job site and the design of the structure under construction.

When the erection tower is no longer required, the process for dismantling the sections usually begins at the upper levels of the scaffolding, and gradually moves toward ground level. While some construction companies discard the pipe sections after each project is completed, others choose to inspect the sections and retain those that were not bent or otherwise damaged during the latest use. Any sections that are retained are transported from the building site and stored until their next use.

About Mechanics is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Malcolm Tatum
By Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum, a former teleconferencing industry professional, followed his passion for trivia, research, and writing to become a full-time freelance writer. He has contributed articles to a variety of print and online publications, including About Mechanics, and his work has also been featured in poetry collections, devotional anthologies, and newspapers. When not writing, Malcolm enjoys collecting vinyl records, following minor league baseball, and cycling.
Discussion Comments
Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum, a former teleconferencing industry professional, followed his passion for trivia, research, and writing...
Learn more
About Mechanics, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

About Mechanics, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.