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Roofing Repairs using Scaffolding

Roofing Repairs using Scaffolding

By on Mar 3, 2020 in Blog, Scaffolding |

Replacing tiles, repairing cracks and structural jobs are all complex tasks for carrying out roof repairs. Network Scaffold would always recommend you work with a qualified roofing professional, as they all have several risks for both access and safety that you need to be aware of. The important question is – do you need scaffold or a ladder for roof repairs? Scaffolding will cost you more, but can put a price on safety? What you get with scaffolding from Network Scaffold, is high-quality scaffold from accredited professionals who are members of the Scaffolding Association. Below we are going to provide the necessary guidelines for your next project to help to make an informed decision. What Size is the Project and How Can Scaffolding Help? For smaller projects, such as a minor gutter repair or fallen roof tile towards the edge of the roof that only needs one of two people – you will be okay using a ladder. However, for larger repairs such as laying new roof tiles across your whole roof requires a proper risk assessment report – meaning you need scaffolding. Jobs that require work on your entire roof are also going to need scaffold, as it gives those carrying out repairs a safe and sturdy platform to stand on and carry out the work more efficiently than going up and down a ladder every few seconds. For workers on the ground, scaffolding is also safer, as if the scaffold is fitted with edge protection it will alleviate the risk of materials falling and causing injuries. Chutes can also be installed to allow the safe transportation of materials. How Long Could Your Project Take? If your project takes longer than a day, using scaffold is always the best option, as it is more efficient plus the fact the elements can take their toll over a number of days. Scaffolding is much more robust in harsher conditions compared to a ladder. With the recent Storm David, Storm Ciara and Storm Jorge reinforcing this point. Want to Know More about Scaffolding? Contact Us Today If you want to know more about scaffolding for commercial and domestic projects, please get in touch with Network Scaffold...

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Understanding the Legal Requirements of Scaffolding

Understanding the Legal Requirements of Scaffolding

By on Feb 20, 2020 in Blog, Scaffolding |

Here at Network Scaffold, we understand the importance of providing the safest scaffolding for both commercial and domestic projects. For our latest blog, we are going to explain the legal requirements, competence and supervision guidelines for scaffolding. All scaffolds must be erected, altered and dismantled in a safe manner, which is achieved by referring to guidelines provided by the National Access & Scaffolding Confederation (NASC) in a document called SG4: Preventing Falls in Scaffolding. Contractors need to follow similar guidance provided by the manufacturers of their scaffolding system (such as Network Scaffold) or by consulting Access Design & Safety literature on Design Safe. Contractors need to be aware that any proposed alterations or modifications which takes scaffold outside of a generally recognised TG20 configuration must be designed, checked and proven via calculations by a competent person. What Should Scaffold Design Include? Work at Height Regulations 2005 state that unless scaffolding is assembled to a recognised configuration and must be designed by a competent person with bespoke calculation. This ensures the scaffold will have required rigidity, strength and stability during the erection, use and dismantling. Competence and Supervision Guidelines for Scaffold Employees must be competent for scaffolding work they undertake and receive sufficient training which is relevant to the complexity of the scaffolding they are working with. At the minimum, each member of your scaffolding team needs to contain a competent person who has the appropriate level of training needed for the scaffold they are working with, that covers how to erect, alter and dismantle the scaffold. Trainee and apprentice scaffolders should always be directly supervised by a competent person. Any operative who has yet to complete approved training methods and assessment should be considered trainees. Want to Know More? Get in Touch If you have any more questions about our services, please contact us today. Network Scaffold is the leading suppliers of scaffold and access scaffold across the East Midlands – including Derby and...

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How to Safely Remove Chimneys from Properties

How to Safely Remove Chimneys from Properties

By on Jan 28, 2020 in Blog, Scaffolding |

One of the best ways to create more floor space in an older property is to remove obsolete chimney breast on the ground floor. Here at Network Scaffold, we specialise in helping to improve both commercial and domestic properties with our scaffolding and access scaffolding. For our latest post, we are going to share some handy tips to remember when having a chimney removed. Following Industry Guidelines Quite often chimneys are removed at first-floor level which leaves just the roof void and the external section of the chimney in place. Building Regulations do apply to this work as it is a ‘material alteration’ to the structure which ensures the remaining part of the stack is sufficiently supported. When the whole chimney is removed you will need some professional advice (from specialists such as Network Scaffold) to determine the structural implications; plus you may require planning permission for its removal. Extra care is required where this project falls into works covered under the Party Wall etc. Act 1996 with notice needing to be served on any adjacent property. This is so shared flues and structural adequacy can be put under consideration before work begins. 6 Things You Need to Consider When Removing a Chimney 1. Bracket members need to be 75mm x 75mm x 6mm mild steel angles with 6mm fillet shop welded joints with the angles being pre-drilled to take a minimum of 2no M12 chemical or resin anchor bolts. 2. Bolts need to be drilled into sound brickwork and not mortar joints, with the condition of the brickwork critical. 3. A plate (10mm steel plate, for example) needs to be placed on top of the brackets which prevents soot and debris from falling from the remaining chimney. 4. The minimum height of the remained chimney breast below needs to be equal to or greater than the height of brickwork above the roofline. 5. To make sure any rain or condensation that passes into the flue will dry out by natural convection; the chimney pot needs to be capped with a ventilated cowl with an air brick inserted at a lower level. 6. Fireplace hearths on the ground or first-floor level need to be removed with additional timber joints...

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Using Temporary Roofing with Scaffolding

Using Temporary Roofing with Scaffolding

By on Jan 20, 2020 in Blog, Scaffolding |

Temporary roof scaffolding and covering help to guard your building’s structure when you need to repair tiles or have a leak in your roof. Here in the U.K, we have plenty of rainy days, so if you are waiting for a new roof to be installed on your property you simply can’t expose it to the elements. For our latest blog, our team of specialists are going to explore temporary roofing in more detail and explain how it works with scaffolding. How Scaffolding Temporary Roofs Work Most temporary roofs are put together in sections on the ground and then lifted into place by a crane, which reduces the amount of working at height plus it is quicker and more cost-effective. Encapsulating the sides gives your roofing a watertight finish meaning that work can continue throughout the year without the fear of any stoppages due to adverse weather. One of the most common temporary roofs specified is the UBIX system, which allows safe installation by feeding the sheeting through runners from the scaffold on either side of the structure. Here is a breakdown of the basics of the UBIX system –  The light and the aesthetic weather-resistant roof is quick to assemble It can be built as a mono or duo pitch roof The roof opens to allow materials to be craned through Temporary roofs can be used as a mobile roof structure They usually span up to 15m, but greater spans are available from different suppliers Network Scaffold – The Construction Specialists Network Scaffold has been the leading the providers of scaffold and access scaffolding for projects right across Staffordshire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Loughborough for a number of years. Our hands-on approach with our clients makes us the first choice for domestic and commercial construction projects. With the recent Storm Brendan ravaging all parts of the country, you may require scaffolding to help with repairs on your property. Contact Us Today for More Information If you have any questions about our scaffold services, please contact us...

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Preparing for Storm Brendan with Network Scaffold

Preparing for Storm Brendan with Network Scaffold

By on Jan 10, 2020 in Blog, Scaffolding |

The country is preparing for a barrage of unpredictable weather as Storm Brendan descends on us; but what should you do with your scaffolding? The Met Office has warned of winds up to 80mph, with a weather warning issued across Monday 13th and Tuesday 14th January. Simon Partridge, Forecaster at The Met Office commented, “As it pushes through, pretty much every part of the UK will feel the influence.” Network Scaffold puts the health and safety of our clients at the forefront of our work; which is why we are sharing some handy safety tips in our latest post. Essential Scaffolding Tips to Follow Here are 8 tips for construction workers when working with scaffolding – Construction workers should never climb on scaffolds that wobble or leans to one side Before mounting the scaffold, it needs to be inspected very carefully and should not be used if a pulley, hook, block or fitting is worn out, rusted, cracked or damaged in a different manner If the scaffold has been tagged as out of service, you should stay away from it The scaffold should not be supported using objects such as bricks, blocks, barrels or boxes Guardrails or flooring need to be in the right place before being used Scaffolding should be levelled after every corner, with the adjusting leg screws shouldn’t be extended beyond 12 inches Workers on scaffolds raised above 10 feet from the ground should be worn with safety belts Your team should keep both the feet on the deck and should not sit or climb on the guardrails Want to Find Out More? Contact Us Today If you have any questions about working around weather conditions such as Storm Brendan, please get in touch today or alternatively, read our FAQ section. Network Scaffold is the leading scaffolding providers for Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Loughborough and...

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Championing History with Scaffolding

Championing History with Scaffolding

By on Dec 19, 2019 in Blog, Scaffolding |

One of the biggest construction projects to take place in Tamworth in 2020, will be the transformation of Tamworth Castle. Like so many other redevelopment projects, investing in the finest scaffolding in Tamworth from Network Scaffold is the only way to guarantee the best possible result. Building the Future of our Heritage The new-look Tamworth Castle will transform the top floor with an interactive exhibition dedicated to the town’s rich Anglo-Saxon heritage. The ‘Battle and Tribute’ display will turn the space into a mead hall, an immersive combat film experience and a unique touch-table battle strategy game. Tamworth Castle will also be getting more pieces of the Staffordshire Hoard to display alongside items with the castle’s collection. The top floor of the ancient castle is being transformed and improved, including upgrades to the infrastructure, a new ceiling and lighting plus restorative work to walls and windows. All of this work will make way for the installation of the new gallery, ready for opening in 2020. Cllr Jeremy Oates, Tamworth Borough Council’s Cabinet member for Heritage and Growth, commented on the project, saying, “The plans for the state-of-the-art Battle and Tribute gallery are very impressive and unlike anything we’ve had at the castle before. “It will really bring our rich Anglo-Saxon history to life, including the role of our famous warrior queen Aethelflaed, and will be the perfect showcase for an increased number of items from the Staffordshire Hoard and how this incredible treasure trove fits into the wider history of the Kingdom of Mercia and beyond.” How Quality Scaffolding Helps Large and Small Scale Projects Network Scaffold has been providing scaffolding services right across the Midlands (including Tamworth) for a number of years. We work with clients on both domestic and commercial projects, following the latest health and safety regulations for the industry. If you would like to know more about scaffolding services, please contact us...

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