Any construction project will require detailed planning and full understanding of each step of the process. At some point during this process, you may require the services of a qualified scaffolding company, and this brings with it a number of factors to consider. Before your project begins, here are some crucial elements to keep in mind about scaffolding systems and the companies that provide them.
Take some time to find the right company.
As with any construction project, finding the right company is just as important as finding the right fixtures, fittings, and finishes. You want to be sure that you can trust this company to conduct the work swiftly and safely, and within a budget that suits your wallet. A credible scaffolding company will be able to provide industry recognised accreditations, along with evidence that all necessary training and qualifications have been completed. They also need to verify that they have suitable insurance in place in case of an incident.
We recently published a post highlighting what you should look out for when choosing a scaffolding company, which is definitely worth a read.
Discuss health and safety plans with your scaffolding providers.
As stated earlier, an expert scaffolding company will be able to prove its commitment to health and safety through the necessary accreditation schemes. They will ensure that certain safety measures are in place before work begins, but will you know exactly what this entails? If the company does not suggest this themselves, it may be worth request a meeting to go through the health and safety procedures they have in place, including the use of ladders, boards, access gates, handrails and harnesses. You may not be working on the scaffolding yourself, but if you do not fully understand the health and safety implications then it could result in severe accident or injury involving yourself, your family, or one of the scaffolding staff members.
Discuss requirements of scaffolding company before arrival and installation.
Before work can proceed, the scaffolding company that you choose to work with may have specific requirements to make sure that the site will be safe and that the scaffolding system can be erected properly and in good time. If this is the case, be sure to discuss these requirements with the company so that you fully understand what needs to take place.
The basic requirement for a scaffolding system to be set up is that the area is clear, and the foundation level. Your company of choice will guarantee that the system is set up on a secure foundation. If you want to avoid potential delays in building the scaffolding, then it is worth going through the site before the company arrives – assuming it is safe to do so – and removing any unnecessary clutter and debris.
Make sure daily inspections of the scaffolding system take place.
Reputable scaffolding companies will take the necessary precautions to ensure that the system is safe and secure at all times, and will conduct their own regular inspections. Inspection of the scaffolding system is the primary responsibility of the party in charge of the scaffolding system. For your own peace of mind, be sure to confirm that these inspections will be conducted daily when going through health and safety briefings. Feel free to conduct a perimeter walk of the system yourself from a safe distance every morning, however, the professionals will know exactly what to look out for.
TH Scaffolding provides a range of scaffolding services across the Bristol and South West region. With over 40 years of experience, we are able to undertake a variety of projects, with health and safety in mind every step of the way. Contact a member of the team today on 0117 370 2555 to discuss your scaffolding needs.