What is Scaffolding Safety? And How Does it Impact a Building Project
The main issue in regards to scaffolding safety really comes down to whether or not the scaffold is safe to work on. This indicates that working on scaffolding that has been erected by qualified professionals under the correct supervision of a competent person and that the scaffold has been adequately inspected prior to use. It is also important that each worker is equipped with proper protective equipment and have been thoroughly trained on safe work practices when working on scaffolding.
There are three key things to remember in order to ensure scaffolding safety:
Around 65% of the construction industry work on scaffolding and experiences 4,500 injuries and 60 fatalities. To prevent these staggering statistics from recurring better safety inspections, training and controls are needed.
This blog identifies who are competent and qualified persons as well as the basic Do’s and Don’ts of scaffolding safety, usage of scaffolding, this information can work as a kind of checklists to help you implement safety in your workplace.
While a qualified individual is one who ‘has successfully demonstrated their capability to solve or resolve issues related to the subject matter, the work, or the project.’ A qualified person has the right background such as education or degree in designing safe scaffolding, for example this could be someone from the scaffold manufacturer or trained scaffold engineer.
They are all aware of the fact that fall hazards are the leading cause of construction worker deaths. It is estimated that about 65% of all construction workers perform work on scaffolds annually. That’s a lot of people working on scaffolds potentially being exposed to a number of hazards such as falls, electrocutions and falling objects.
Due to the standards for scaffolding in construction being extremely detailed, we can’t cover all the rules and requirements for every specific type of scaffold and every situation. Rather than this, we’ve made a general list of do’s and don’ts for scaffold safety in construction, as follows:
Rodells - Quality Scaffolding Services
Here at Rodells we have a talented, reliable and safe scaffolding workforce. We have a history of providing excellent quality, reliable scaffolding in the commercial and industrial sectors. Whatever your needs are, our team of trained scaffolders can help. As an accredited member of NASC, our workforce is highly trained, has a great code of conduct and adhere to the regulations set out in the industry such as the TG20/SG410. We have a history of providing excellent quality, reliable scaffolding in the commercial and industrial sectors. Whatever your needs are, our team of trained scaffolders can help. Rodells continues its tradition of investing in both staff training and equipment.
The Company maintains it’s skills in lightning protection and special access works, including traditional steeplejacking, Church conservation and industrial rope access.Rodells is a well-known Scaffolding and Specialist works company that has been trading since 1898. We continue to always provide a professional and proactive service that meets and exceeds the growing standards in the construction industry. We are committed to lowering our environmental impact, investing and supporting the local communities and to meeting all up to date regulations. Drop us a line, explore our website or get in touch today to see if we can fulfil your scaffolding needs. You can call us on 01727 82101, we’d be happy to help!
The right maintenance is vital if we want to preserve our buildings, whether it’s a modern high-rise office block or a centuries-old church. Building maintenance can take many forms, from interior cleaning, to plumbing repairs, fixing holes in roofs, maintaining doors and windows or cleaning sewage lines.
One vital aspect of building maintenance is the services provided by a steeplejack, a craftsman who specialises in the maintenance and repair of a building’s tallest points. If you’d like to know more about what a steeplejack is and the types of services they provide, read on to find out more.
What is a steeplejack?
A steeplejack is a tradesman who scales buildings, chimneys and church steeples to carry out maintenance and repairs on the high points of these structures. They work on a variety of building parts, including clock towers, industrial chimneys, bell towers, and church spires.
There are two main routes to take for those wanting to become a steeplejack; you can either gain experience on the job by working for a steeplejack company and train towards gaining NVQs, or take a formal route through the Construction Industry Training Board.
What do they do?
As mentioned, steeplejacks provide a number of maintenance and repair services for the high points of buildings. They may also be called upon occasionally for additional work, including masonry repair, brickwork, carpentry, painting and roof repair.
Specific services include:
Steeplejacks are highly skilled workers that are trained to erect ropes and ladders to gain access to high and hard to reach areas. Many of these would not be accessible using scaffolding, so steeplejacking is a highly niche technique which can require years of specialised training.
If you’re looking for professional steeplejack services, get in touch with the team at Rodells. With over 100 years of experience, we’re proud to offer expert steeplejack services, including brickwork, cladding repairs, ultrasonic testing, high rise building maintenance, and more. We can also provide a range of additional services for your buildings, including church conservation, lightning protection and scaffolding services. For more information about any of the above, give us a call today or visit our website.