How Using Scaffolders May Benefit You

 

How Using Scaffolders May Benefit You


An integral piece of the construction puzzle, scaffolding is designed to ease the workload, making the job safer and easier to carry out. Used to help speed up the construction process, scaffolding can be used on both large scale sites or small construction builds, like home extensions or fixing a roof.

Hiring the right scaffolding company can be the difference between achieving your dream project, or falling at the first hurdle. Here, we run through some of the key benefits of hiring a scaffolding company for your latest project, how it works, and why it can make such a difference.

The Benefits

Scaffolding can provide you with a quick and easy solution to renovation work. By hiring a professional company to do the job for you, you’ll save on time, effort and in the long run, money. You’ll be able to design and implement the structure you desire for the job that is required, as the company will assess this, analysing the costs, safety procedures and scaffold type necessary to complete the project in minimal time with minimal cost or disruption. Let’s take a closer look at some of the key benefits of hiring a scaffolding company for your project:

Experienced Staff

It’s important for everyone’s safety that the scaffolders carrying out the work are properly trained and experienced, so feel free to ask the company exactly who will be working on the project, and ask for proof of training or experience if necessary.

Equipment and Materials

Ensuring the correct equipment is available and onsite is crucial. From the outside, it may not look much different to you, but scaffolding can be very complex, requiring a number of different parts, connectors and safety measures. Every project is different, requiring a different set of scaffolds, which is why hiring an experienced scaffold company is so imperative. They will have all the tools, equipment and skills necessary to complete your project successfully.

Enhanced Safety

Scaffolding companies will regularly inspect all equipment, from scaffold pieces to on-road vehicles, ensuring they are maintained, safe, and or in operation. Malfunctioning or dangerous equipment can be incredibly risky so regular and thorough inspections will help to keep everyone safe. An experienced scaffolding company will carry out a detailed risk assessment for the job required, analysing any and all potential hazards that will need to be addressed before any work begins.

Improved Productivity

With enhanced safety comes improved productivity. If you’re working on a site with scaffolding that is safe and easily accessible, your workload is much easier to complete. Working from heights requires a firm footing, balance and precision, which scaffolding provides in spades. Remember; when a worker is comfortable, safe and at ease, they are bound to be more productive.

The Costs

The cost of hiring scaffolding for your project will depend on a few defining factors, such as the equipment required, the scaffold type you have chosen, and the accessibility of the property itself. Most contractors will be able to offer a rough estimate, but they will need to assess the property beforehand, to gain a healthier understanding of the site, the accessibility and the size of the job.

Here are some of the key considerations companies make when reviewing a potential job:

Length Of Hire

As a general rule, most hiring periods offered by scaffolding companies last between six and eight weeks. When arranging this with the company, make sure they provide you with a fixed fee for this service, and that any costs that could potentially happen after this designated period, will be charged at an additional weekly rate.

Location

The location of your property can play a major role in the potential costs of your project. The accessibility of your home or property plays a part, but so does the geographical placing of your property. It’s believed that costs in London are up to three times more than that of regional Scotland, due to accessibility, which in turn, affects the length of hire.

Height

Similar to location or ease of access, if your work requires scaffolding to reach difficult heights it will almost certainly cost you more. Essentially, the higher you need your scaffolding to reach, the more it’s going to cost you.

Ease Of Access

One of the most important factors to consider when assessing the need for and costs of hiring a scaffolding company is the ease of access to the property you are developing. If the property is without a side passage for instance, then all materials will have to be carried through the property, raising the cost of labour. If your house is of particular inaccessibility, the scaffolding may even require construction on your street, or the nearest public road, which would require licencing from your local council. This would only increase the costs considerably.

Insurance

All scaffolding companies in the UK should have the relevant insurance in place before they begin trading. Insurance is vital, covering you for any accidents, delays, or failure of the business. Choosing a proven scaffolding company with an excellent insurance policy is essential. If you were to attempt to carry out the work alone, you would almost certainly be placing yourself at risk, with no insurance coverage for any potential accidents or incidents involving either yourself or the on-site equipment. With a proven, insured scaffolding company, they’ll have you covered.

Finding the right scaffolding company for your project will ultimately be the difference between a smooth, successful operation, and a stressful, unsuccessful one. Property developments or renovations can be difficult, expensive and full of nasty surprises, which is why choosing the right scaffolding company, with the right experience and skillset, is the first real step to a successful renovation.

Main Types of Scaffolding

There are considerable options at your disposal when it comes to choosing a scaffold type for your project. Each with slightly different requirements, specifications, costs and accessibility issues, it can be tricky knowing which is best for you.

Let’s take a closer look at some of the main types of scaffolding available, how they work, and what projects they are best suited to.

Trestle

Used mostly for indoor work, a trestle scaffolding is relatively small, usually made up of tripods or ladders. For this reason, they are not to be used for jobs above the height of five metres and are most suited to smaller-scale painting and decorating jobs.

Suspended

Frequently used by window cleaners, this type of scaffolding is suspended from the roof of the building or property. Made up of wires attached to a platform, it can be suspended up or down to reach your desired height.

Steel

As one of the most common forms of scaffolding, steel tubes are attached, fixed and assembled into a scaffold structure. Quick and easy to construct and take apart, these structures offer mobility and simplicity that allows them to be moved from one construction site to another with minimal hassle.

Kwikstage

Often used for larger-scale construction sites, kwikstage scaffolding is made from galvanised steel and offers similar advantages to steel scaffolding. Quick and easy to construct and take apart, it provides that extra bit of strength and stability required for large scale projects.

These are just a few examples of the scaffolding solutions available to you, depending on the property type and scale of the job.

Up Scaffolding – Scaffolding Services in London, Essex and the South East

Up Scaffolding Limited is a reputable company based in Essex providing scaffolding access services to clients in London, Essex & the South East. We pride ourselves on quality and reliability using highly qualified and experienced operatives and staff. The health and safety of our team and members of the public are always at the forefront of our projects. Our team has the practical knowledge to ensure your project is delivered on time and on budget.

We cover all aspects of scaffolding including emergency scaffolds, security-sensitive scaffolds, temporary roofs, demolition, refurbishments, new builds and confined space scaffolding on commercial and residential projects. Contact us for more information today!

What Are the Benefits of Bespoke Scaffolding Design?

 

What Are the Benefits of Bespoke Scaffolding Design?


Scaffolding is a temporary structure but is very important to the overall completion of a construction project. It allows workers to have a secure platform when working at height, therefore making it easier and safer to navigate across the building. That’s why having the right scaffolding design is so important.

So, what are the benefits of bespoke scaffolding design? Read on for all you need to know.

Improved safety

Scaffolding is relied upon to make construction work safe and accessible so without it, working at height would be riskier. Safety should always be a top priority and with a bespoke scaffolding design, you can ensure that the measures you have in place are suited to your needs no matter what kind of job is taking place. Whether you’re repairing a roof or plastering but with the right installation, your team can work comfortably.

Designs to fit your needs

All buildings are unique so the same scaffolding design cannot be used for each project. Instead, having an expert scaffolding team install a bespoke design will ensure that your accessibility needs are met. Whether you need scaffolding for an entire building or just a few levels, bespoke scaffolding will suit each stage of your project, so you can complete work to the highest standard possible. When it comes to scaffolding one size does not fit all.

Increased efficiency

As well as making the area safe, scaffolding is needed for improving the efficiency of a project. Having a bespoke design means you can get on with your work in the most efficient way possible. Scaffolding does a great job at improving the work rate of your team no matter how big or small your project is.

Better quality work

Some areas of a building are impossible to reach via ladders or completely unsafe to do so. Bespoke scaffolding designs are a great solution as they make it easier to navigate the building, therefore, allowing your team to create high-quality work. If you want the best results then invest in the most important services.

At Up Scaffolding Ltd, our engineers provide bespoke cost-effective solutions for your access requirements. We cover all aspects of scaffolding including Emergency Scaffolds, Security Sensitive Scaffolds, Temporary Roofs, Demolition, Refurbishments, New Builds and Confined Space Scaffolding on commercial and residential projects. Get in touch with us today for more information.

Preventing Worksite Injuries

Preventing Worksite Injuries


Ensuring the safety and protection of all of your workforce is paramount as an employer. A worksite can be a risky, often dangerous environment, and though it’s not entirely possible to remove every potential risk, there is still plenty that can be done to help keep your workforce as safe as possible.

Education and training

There are no shortcuts when it comes to safety. It’s vital that all employees are properly trained, that any and all information and education provided by the employer is up to date, accurate, and effective. This goes for Health & Safety Training, Risk Assessments, handling tools, equipment, and more. Important: When hiring new employees, make sure to provide them with consistently strong and ongoing training.

Assess The Risk

A risk assessment does, well, just that; it assesses risk. Vital for the safety and wellbeing of all employees for any workspace, office, or operation, risk assessments are put in place to prevent injury being sustained at work, through identifying potential hazards or risks and then taking the appropriate measures to counter them. Whenever you add new operations, equipment, or facilities to your business, analyze these for risks as well.

Correct Equipment and Uniform

Stick to the dress code. Worksites require correct safety equipment and uniform. Hard hats, safety goggles, gloves, and high-visibility jackets are essential and provided for protection. Take steps as an employer to ensure all employees are correctly trained and provided with all the necessary equipment or uniform required to keep them safe.

Stop, Look, Listen

Worksites can be dangerous, so keep your eyes peeled for any potential hazards and communicate them with your team. It’s important to listen closely to what’s around you, following advice and guidance at every opportunity. Equally, it’s just as vital we speak up whenever assistance is required, asking for help is a far better alternative than putting yourself at risk. Good teamwork is about good communication, don’t be afraid to ask questions, speak up, and most importantly, know when to listen.

Inspection and Maintenance

Inspecting all equipment, from scaffold pieces to on-road vehicles, ensuring they are maintained, safe, and or in operation is vitally important. Malfunctioning or dangerous equipment can be incredibly risky, regular and thorough inspections will help to keep everyone safe.

 

Up Scaffolding Limited is a reputable company based in Essex providing scaffolding access services to clients in London, Essex & the South East. We pride ourselves on quality and reliability using highly qualified and experienced operatives and staff. Visit our website or call us on 01268 763006.