Analysis of lighting on exterior scaffoldings at different times of day
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Lodz University of Technology, Department of Building Materials Physics and Sustainable Design, Politechniki 6, 90-924 Łódz, Poland
Submission date: 2021-10-13
Final revision date: 2021-12-31
Acceptance date: 2022-01-04
Publication date: 2022-09-30
Archives of Civil Engineering 2022;68(3):139-154
Lighting of the workplaces has a large impact on safety, proper vision comfort and visual efficiency. The aim of this article is to present an analysis of the lighting of the workplaces of people working on scaffoldings. The researches were carried out on 23 frame-type facade scaffoldings. The scaffoldings were examined from March to October 2017. Due to the specificity of works performed on scaffoldings, the researches were carried out in accordance with an individually adapted research program. The study analyzed the illuminance at particular points and variability in the lighting uniformity in a given workspace. Analysis of the obtained results showed a large variability in illuminance in workplaces of people working on scaffoldings. The measured illuminance levels in the workspaces on the one hand were higher than the minimum illuminance levels defined by the construction site standards, but on the other hand, illuminance levels that may dazzle the employees were also recorded. The luminous intensity depended on the season, time of day, location of the scaffolding, as well as the presence of a protective net installed on the scaffolding, which reduced the occurrence of values that could lead to situations in which the worker could be dazzled. The protective net installed on the scaffolding also reduces the differences in lighting in the scaffolding workspace, improving the lighting conditions of the workplaces.
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