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What is scaffolding netting?

What is scaffolding netting?

By on Oct 23, 2021 in Blog, Scaffolding |

Scaffolding netting is one of a number of tools used in the construction industry when working with scaffold structures. Its main objective is to better protect the workers and the people working around scaffold such as dust, heat, rain and any other hazard. For this blog, Network Scaffold will talk you through all the advantages of using netting on your next project. How does scaffolding netting protect? It protects both employees working on the construction project plus people working around the project. An extra layer of Fall Protection For workers on construction projects, they will gain an extra layer of fall protection with netting. When regular scaffold is set up, there are guardrails and toe rails that act as barriers to prevent workers from falling. Netting ensures full coverage instead of just protection where the rails are located. Provide shade The netting also provides shade for employees. The amount will depend on the density of the netting and protect workers in hot or sunny conditions. From the elements Similar to the shade rate, netting protects workers from the elements, especially the wind. Shielding from the wind significantly helps works outside during the winter plus it will make performing their tasks easier. Netting also provides protection against any debris that could accidentally fall, including tools or building materials. Passersby Dust-intensive work such as sandblasting creates plenty of dust, but using netting will retain the sand and save polluting the surrounding area. What to look for in scaffold netting When deciding on scaffold netting, there are a number of factors to consider. Here are some to think about – Fire Retardant – While most products sold today are fire retardant, it is always a good point to check before purchasing. You will want to ensure that in the case of a fire, the netting doesn’t act as extra kindle and become ablaze quickly. UV Resistant – The amount of UV resistance ultimately depends on the length of time the netting will be in place, but you will want to ensure some resistance so it can stay outside and resist the elements. Reinforcement – The netting also needs eyelets or some form of reinforcement which help its shelf life. Otherwise, if the...

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How is scaffolding used on commercial buildings?

How is scaffolding used on commercial buildings?

By on Oct 17, 2021 in Blog, Scaffolding |

Scaffolding from Network Scaffold Services is a complex and specially designed construction of metal pipes and tubes, which is primarily used to support structures. While our structures are commonly used for domestic property projects such as loft conversions or extensions, but they are also used on commercial sites for a number of reasons. For our latest post, we will tell you all the commercial uses for our scaffold structures. Using Scaffolding for Construction and repairs Despite the amount of equipment and tools available, including cranes and extendable ladders, scaffolding is the most cost-effective way of constructing a building. According to industry statistics, around 2.3 million or 65% of construction workers use scaffolds in their work. Shopping centres, banks, cafes, small retail shops and other commercial properties can all benefit from using scaffold structures with no limit on size. Whether areas are being expanded or built from scratch, scaffold helps workers reach heights safely. It is also used for repairs and renovations, so buildings, landmarks and tourist attractions are kept in great condition. Using bespoke scaffold structures makes it easier to access, which can be designed by Network Scaffold Services. Advertising Large scale posters and other forms of advertising offer excellent visibility for brands and companies. Catching the eye of passersby and commuters by using scaffolds to advertise products, events or services is a great idea. Some billboards also use scaffolds to hold them up plus make it easier to replace a poster with another. Entertainment Concerts, gigs and other forms of entertainment all incorporate scaffolds to erect different parts of the stage and set up. For bigger arena‚Äôs, a lot of work goes into the show’s production with a professional team working long hours to give ticket holders the best experience. Because scaffolding is very flexible, it can be built around different structures as and when needed, which is useful for installing lighting, seating, special effects or sound systems. Contact to find out more Here at Network Scaffold Services, we can design and inspect scaffold structures to make sure you have the best setup for your project. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch...

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What are the essential pieces of scaffolding equipment?

What are the essential pieces of scaffolding equipment?

By on Oct 10, 2021 in Blog, Scaffolding |

The tools you need for scaffolding can often depending on the type of equipment you are going to use and if a scaffold tower is needed. For this blog, Network Scaffold Services will explain all about the fundamental items required for a successful scaffold project. 9 Types of scaffolding equipment 1. Safety Decking – Safety decking is used by scaffolders to walk on and allow workers to safely navigate across the structure. 2. Crossbars – These are the diagonal bars that go across the frame that keeps the scaffold structure in place and provide extra strength. This means the scaffold supports much heavier loads and allows it to be built higher but still safely. Crossbars also provide an additional barrier that prevents anyone from falling from the scaffold. 3. Framing – These are the bars and poles which go across the framing of the structure making up the general structure of the frame. This needs to be regularly checked over a period of time to make sure the condition is suitable for continued usage. Poles that appear to be rusting should be replaced as this is an indication that they are not as strong as they should be. 4. Pins and clamps – These devices are simply used to keep the structure together, and it is integral that they are checked regularly. This is because if one pin or clamp fails or becomes damaged, the integrity of the whole structure is put at risk. 5. Base plates – Base plates are placed under the lower scaffold poles and spread the weight of the structure so the legs of the scaffold put less pressure on the ground and prevent it from slipping. 6. Safety barriers – Depending on how the scaffold is used, added safety features may be needed. Netting may not necessarily be strong enough to prevent someone from falling but can prevent any building equipment from falling off the scaffold structure plus it protects anyone working below. 7. Tape measure and socket set – It may sound obvious, but, a tape measure is essential to ensure the scaffold is built in accordance with the requirements set out in the plan. Additionally, without a reliable socket set or spanner,...

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Do you know the different types of scaffolding?

Do you know the different types of scaffolding?

By on Sep 28, 2021 in Blog, Scaffolding |

Construction workers need a platform to move materials and move along to carry out their tasks – which is where scaffolding comes in. It is a temporary framework mainly made of steel with platforms at different heights. If you are looking for scaffold for your next project, Network Scaffold Services is your first destination. It supports both the original structure that is under construction plus the workmen involved. Masons need scaffolding where they can sit and place construction materials when the height of a column, wall or any other structural components of a building exceeding 1.5m. Scaffold can be used for the construction of new buildings, maintenance of an existing structure, access, repair plus inspection. Scaffolding uses in construction Single Scaffolding – Single scaffold platforms are often used in brick masonry works, consisting of a single framework of standards, ledgers and put logs that are temporarily constructed parallel to the wall being worked at. For scaffoldings placed on very tall heights, braces are usually fixed for additional support and help to maintain the stability of the high scaffolding. Braces are fitted cross diagonally with the standards using rope lashing. Double Scaffolding – Also known as mason’s scaffolding because it is widely used for stone masonry works. This type is generally stronger and provides better support for construction works when compared to single scaffold platforms. It features two rows of standards separated by ledgers for better support. Steel scaffolding – Also referred to as tubular scaffolding due to the hollow nature of the steel metals used. The metals are fastened using a special form of steel couples instead of rope lashing. The fastening mechanism consists of prop nuts that hold individual pipes, bolts, nuts and washers plus wedge and clips. The standards in steel scaffold platforms are anchored on square or round steel plates known as base plates by welding, instead of fixing them into the ground. Got any questions? Get in touch now If you have any questions about the different types of scaffold, please do not hesitate to contact Network Scaffold Services...

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Do I need scaffolding to replace my windows?

Do I need scaffolding to replace my windows?

By on Sep 21, 2021 in Blog, Scaffolding |

Here at Network Scaffold, we consider the use of scaffolding to be an integral part of the design and survey process for glazing providers. For this blog, we look at the main criteria for the requirements for scaffold. The main reasons for scaffolding The two main factors in deciding on scaffold structures are the safety of glazing installers plus the ability to create the best professional finish possible. The safety of fitters cannot be overstated, with some companies working regularly with us as a scaffold partner to create an overall quote for window installation. In a nutshell, glazing installers are constantly trying to make sure installers are safe and achieve an excellent finish to their work, which is sometimes only possible using scaffolding. Many different types of properties present numerous challenges, including types of housing that can be extraordinarily diverse in terms of size, age, construction, ground conditions and glazing apertures. Here are some of the criteria incorporated into the decision to use scaffold structures. Height – If the work is above first-floor level it is recommended to use scaffold. Dormer windows – Dormer windows are often set back from the property roofline which means they can only be safely reached with scaffold. Lintels – When a steel lintel above a window is being installed, scaffold will normally be used unless the window is at ground floor level. Windows above conservatories or porches – Any type of structure that prevents installers from being able to put a ladder up to reach a window is considered an obstruction that requires scaffold structures. By systematically considering each of the aspects above, window installers will be able to decide whether the scaffold is needed and inform their clients in due course. Got more questions? Please contact us now If you have any more questions about using scaffolding for window replacement and installations, please do not hesitate to get in touch...

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Demolition scaffolding services from Network Scaffold

Demolition scaffolding services from Network Scaffold

By on Sep 16, 2021 in Blog, Scaffolding |

Network Scaffold work with a number of leading demolition contractors in Derby and Nottingham. Our scaffolding work covers a wide range of intricate, complex demolition, dismantling and deconstruction projects. The majority of these projects are in areas where space is limited. As standard, we also offer scaffolding protection and support for the duration of the demolition project. The demolition process explained A building’s demolition brings significant hazards, especially when the building or structure is so close to other buildings and live working environments. The type of demolition scaffold we offer is subject to the contractor’s chosen demolition method, which often requires full encapsulation of the building incorporating dust and falling debris measures. With most demolition work, a degree of asbestos removal invariably occurs, and we can provide fully licensed scaffold structures. Building encapsulation for top-down demolition With a number of local authorities redeveloping large housing estates, it involves the demolition of high-rise tower blocks. These blocks are very close to each other with the space around them being quite restricted. The most commonly used method of demolition is ‘top down’ which involves demolishing the building floor by floor. When conventional demolition occurs close to live environments, buildings, roads and railways, Network Scaffold will provide scaffold structures. We also provide safety decking for sections of buildings and structures that will allow workers to safely navigate the area without fear of falling. The disciplines of health and safety Here at Network Scaffold, the health and safety of workers and the general public is an integral part of our management function. We will always comply with all applicable laws and regulations and look to adapt our management resources to the latest recommendations. Get a no-obligation scaffolding quote from Network Scaffold If you are planning a demolition project soon, contact Network Scaffold Services today for a no-obligation quote for our scaffold structures. We have also recently added plastic hoarding and safety decking to our portfolio, giving our clients the full range of...

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