Swing Stage Painting: Is It Right for Your Project?

What is swing stage painting? If you’ve ever been walking around Uptown Charlotte or other cities with high-rise buildings, you’ve probably seen crews cleaning or painting those buildings using a suspended platform. Those are swing stages, a common tool used in commercial painting.

More specifically, swing stages are platforms suspended by ropes or cables connected to stirrups located at each end. Safety beams and canter weights are used to suspend the swing stage from the roof, and the platform is then raised and lowered using electric hoist motors. Its primary function is to transport workers, their tools, and their safety equipment to an appropriate height to complete a task.

What Are Swing Stages Used For?

Swing stages are the most common type of suspended scaffolding for many reasons, including their versatility. They can be installed, dismantled, and relocated to new jobs very easily, and they have a user-friendly operating system. Swing stages are useful for reaching areas that are inaccessible to other types of scaffolding, man lifts, or boom lifts. That’s why they’re commonly seen being used by window washers or painters on high buildings. Though they might look precarious, swing stages are perfectly safe when used correctly by experienced painters.

Swing stage painting is often ideal for projects involving:

  • High-rise buildings
  • Apartments
  • Condominiums
  • Offices
  • Parking decks
  • Industrial facilities

Have another type of high-rise building with hard-to-reach exterior surfaces? When aerial lifts and other scaffolding can’t be used because of obstructions, swing stage painting could be the best solution.

Swing Stage Painting and Safety

Operating equipment and performing a job while suspended dozens—or even hundreds—of feet in the air comes with inherent risk. If you have a fear of heights, a swing stage isn’t the place for you.

At A&K Painting, we take the safety of our employees and equipment seriously. As a result, we employ fully trained and certified swing stage operators in compliance with government safety standards and OSHA, as well as our own health and safety policies.

At the start of every project, we make sure all equipment is secured and functioning correctly, and ensure our employees are fitted correctly with a fall-arrest system to protect them in case of a malfunction. Safety is our top priority—for everyone involved. That’s why finding the right contractor for the job is so important. You don’t want to work with someone who takes unnecessary risks and puts their workers—and the public—in danger.

Why Choose A&K Painting?

Safety is our number one priority. We’ve demonstrated that commitment several times all across the Charlotte area. We’ve completed multiple swing stage painting projects for owners of high-rise buildings, including the Lowe’s building in Southend.

Have a painting project you need a trusted painting contractor to work on? Give us a call to learn more about our variety of painting services and to schedule a consultation with our experts. We look forward to speaking with you!