Last year a scaffolding collapse in Reading injured three people and came as a stark reminder of the risks that still exist when scaffolding is not properly erected. The proper erection of scaffolding is essential to prevent injury to workers, and the general public, as a result of the collapse. The Work at Height Regulations 2005 provide generally recognised guidelines for the required configuration of scaffolding, and it’s extremely important that all scaffolding is erected in accordance with these requirements. Scaffolding must be designed by bespoke calculations, in accordance with your site and requirements, and be assembled and dismantled in accordance with guidelines, with a competent, qualified person present. Scaffolding must also be regularly inspected by qualified staff, in order to ensure that it remains in a good condition. Working in accordance with these requirements is vital, sadly, cutting corners when it comes to scaffolding design and erection can prove to be a fatal mistake. Scaffolding erection from Network Scaffold Services No matter the requirements of your project, our team of highly trained and experienced staff are on hand to ensure that your scaffolding is erected in accordance with proper requirements, and is as safe as possible. We place a significant emphasis on ensuring an optimum level of health and safety on-site at all times, during all of our projects. We also understand the importance of ensuring that all of our work is carried out to comply with current laws and regulations, and we only use the very best materials and structures. When you choose Network Scaffold Services, you can rest assured that your scaffolding will be of the highest quality, in accordance with all legal requirements, and that your workers are as safe as possible. Contact us for more information If you require any scaffolding services or need advice about scaffolding design and erection, please don’t hesitate to contact us and speak to a member of our fantastic team...Read Moreabout The Risks of Improper Scaffold Assembly
Falling from a height results in numerous workplace fatalities every year, according to HSE, 40 people died as a result of falling from a height at work in 2019. Consequently, if your project involves working at heights, it’s extremely important that work is carried out appropriately, and in line with the relevant legislation, such as the Work at Height Regulations 2005, in order to ensure the protection of staff and passers-by. Plan properly It’s important that any work involving scaffolding is planned stringently, ensuring that you have the appropriate equipment required for the job, along with competent supervision from people with the knowledge and experience required to complete the job properly. Only work at a height when it’s necessary It’s important to consider the practicalities of the individual jobs required as part of your project. If any jobs can feasibly be done from the ground, then they should be carried out this way. Only work that cannot be carried out from the ground should be carried out at a height. Use appropriate scaffolding When work is required that must be carried out at a height, it’s important that the proper equipment is used. Such jobs must be evaluated in order to consider whether they can be carried out with a step ladder, or whether scaffolding is required, read more about when you need scaffolding here. When work does require scaffolding, it’s important that you choose a scaffolding supplier with good health and safety procedures. Choosing a reputable organisation to design, erect and deconstruct your scaffolding according to industry requirements, will help to ensure the safety of your staff when working at a height is unavoidable. Contact us for more information If you require any scaffolding services or need advice about health and safety issues, please don’t hesitate to contact us and speak to a member of our fantastic team...Read Moreabout Preventing Falls When Working at a Height
Health and safety concerns are of the utmost importance when it comes to working with scaffolding. The Work at Height Regulations 2005 provide generally recognised guidelines for the required configuration of scaffolding, and it’s extremely important that all scaffolding is assembled in accordance with these requirements. In order to adhere properly to these regulatory requirements, it’s essential that any scaffolding you use is designed by a bespoke calculation, and erected and dismantled appropriately, by a competent, qualified person. This is where we come in! At Network Scaffold Services UK Ltd we understand the importance of proper health and safety considerations when it comes to our work, and health and safety is an integral part of the management and function of our organisation. Our Scaffolding promise As an organisation, we are committed to continually reviewing and improving our health and safety management activities, and ensuring that our work is conducted in accordance with set principles of health and safety. These principles include complying with all applicable laws and regulations, and taking due care to ensure that activities are safe for employees, associates, subcontractors and others who come into contact with our work, including the general public, by working closely with our customers and suppliers to establish proper health and safety standards. We also ensure that we communicate our health and safety approach throughout our organisation, and to any other interested parties, and train our employees to understand the importance of health and safety in their work. When you choose Network Scaffold Services, you can rest assured that you’re choosing an organisation that keeps health and safety regulations at the heart of everything we do. Contact us for more information If you require any scaffolding services or need advice about health and safety concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us and speak to a member of our fantastic team...Read Moreabout The Importance of Health and Safety when Working with Scaffolding
When you’re choosing the scaffolding you need for your job, it’s important that you properly understand the types of scaffolding available, and their uses. So, what is access scaffolding, and is it the right scaffolding for your job? Access scaffold structures are ideal for providing temporary access for areas that are difficult to access without some sort of scaffolding. What projects are suited to access scaffolding? Access scaffold can be used for a variety of activities, and it’s most suited for work repairing and maintaining roofs, work on new build houses, and as shoring for unstable structures whilst property redevelopment takes place. Why choose Network Scaffold Services? We are a BS OHSAS 18001:2007 accredited contractor and a member of the Scaffolding Association, and we guarantee a professional, friendly, and high standard of workmanship to help you to complete your project smoothly. If you require access scaffold structures, we will do our utmost to ensure that we provide you with the perfect, reliable, scaffolding solution. Our promise At Network Scaffold Services, we can provide access scaffold structures that will not only meet your specific requirements but exceed your expectations. As part of our access scaffold service, we provide a site survey, site management, comprehensive support from start to finish, and a bespoke scaffolding design using the best materials. In addition, we guarantee compliance with all applicable health and safety laws and regulations and provide inspections through our fully trained operatives. Our operations also adhere to our strict environmental policy, to reduce any potential negative impacts on the surrounding environment. Contact us for more information If you require any scaffolding services or would like a no-obligation quotation for access scaffold structures, please don’t hesitate to contact us and speak to a member of our fantastic team. If you have any questions, please visit our dedicated FAQ section, where we answer your frequently asked...Read Moreabout What is Access Scaffolding?
There are many things you’ll be considering if you’re starting a new construction project, but is the environment one of them? If not, then you might be interested to learn that the construction sector contributes significantly to air and water pollution, is responsible for a huge amount of landfill waste, and is a leading contributor to climate change. At Network Scaffold Services, we’re aware of the toll that our work, and that of the construction industry in general, can take on our planet. With this in mind, we’re committed to trying to reduce the negative impact that our work has on the environment. Our environmental impact commitment At Network Scaffold Services we are committed to utilising any resources required for our work as efficiently as possible. We do this by promoting recycling and waste management, and encouraging energy conservation wherever possible. We also aim to reduce the waste, pollution, and other negative emissions that result from our work, and ensure that we strictly adhere to all relevant environmental legislative practices and regulations. As an additional layer of our environmental commitment, we also ensure that all of our staff are trained in line with our environmental policy, to ensure that it’s completely understood, and complied with at all times. Our promise to you Our goal is to strike the perfect balance between fulfilling our client’s requirements, to the utmost standards of safety, and ensuring that we minimise the effect of our work on the environment. We are committed to the upkeep and development of these goals, and we pride ourselves on providing cost-effective, high-quality solutions to our clients, combined with our environmental policy, to deliver an all-round package. Contact us for more information If you require any scaffolding services, or have any questions about our work to reduce our environmental impact, please don’t hesitate to contact us and speak to a member of our fantastic team...Read Moreabout Reducing the Environmental Impact of our Work
2021 has already brought with it a whole range of unsavoury weather conditions! But what does this mean for working with scaffolding? The risks of working at a height in bad weather should not be understated, and working in improper weather conditions can be extremely hazardous. However, there are ways that you can ensure that your employees stay safe during periods of bad weather. Introduce extra safety checks for scaffolding As a requirement of the Working at Height Regulations 2005, scaffolding should be checked after every incident of bad weather. It’s important to ensure that planks are not slippery, particularly after rain or snow, or if there has been a risk of ice. Take precautions If you know you will be using scaffolding during a predicted period of bad weather, it’s worth considering this in advance. That way you can take extra precautions and steps to weatherproof your scaffolding as much as possible. For example, temporary roofs can assist in protecting scaffolding from extreme weather conditions. In addition, ensuring that workers wear harnesses and any other safety equipment and footwear, is of the utmost importance, particularly during inclement weather. So it’s important to ensure that your site is fully supplied with this equipment and that you implement checks to ensure your staff are following proper procedures. Prioritise the safety of your staff When your employees are working in difficult weather conditions, it’s extremely important to prioritise their safety. It’s important to stay abreast of weather forecasts, and call off work in advance if extreme weather is predicted. Additionally, ensuring proper, more regular breaks are taken by your staff is extremely important, working in cold conditions can impact the wellbeing of your staff, and increase the likelihood of them making mistakes. Ensure that your staff have plenty of hot drinks, and access to a warm place to take their breaks. Contact us for more information If you require any scaffolding services from Network Scaffold or are concerned about weather conditions, please don’t hesitate to contact us and speak to a member of our fantastic team...Read Moreabout Using Scaffolding in Bad Weather