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The Importance of Health and Safety when Working with Scaffolding 

The Importance of Health and Safety when Working with Scaffolding 

By on Mar 1, 2021 in Blog |

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 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...

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What is Access Scaffolding? 

What is Access Scaffolding? 

By on Feb 22, 2021 in Blog |

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 scaffolding is 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 scaffolding 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 scaffolding, 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 scaffolding that will not only meet your specific requirements but exceed your expectations. As part of our access scaffolding 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 scaffolding, please don’t hesitate to contact us and speak to a member of our fantastic...

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Reducing the Environmental Impact of our Work 

Reducing the Environmental Impact of our Work 

By on Feb 15, 2021 in Blog |

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 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...

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Using Scaffolding in Bad Weather 

Using Scaffolding in Bad Weather 

By on Feb 8, 2021 in Blog |

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  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 or are concerned about weather conditions, please don’t hesitate to contact us and speak to a member of our fantastic team...

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We Are Still Operating

We Are Still Operating

By on Feb 3, 2021 in Blog |

As we begin the second month of lockdown, at Network Scaffold Services we are still operating, and providing a range of professional scaffolding services to clients throughout the Midlands.  The current lockdown restrictions allow for individuals to leave home for work purposes- when working from home is not possible, including those who work within the construction industry.  At Network Scaffold Services our services are considered essential, and as such we are able to remain operating, and providing our fantastic scaffolding services, while strictly adhering to social distancing guidelines to ensure the safety of our staff and customers.  Our services  No matter your requirements, you can rely on us to provide the perfect scaffolding solution. We offer services to private individuals, local authorities, industrial and commercial sectors, and house building construction applications. Access scaffold erecting We specialise in erecting and dismantling access scaffolding, we can provide access scaffolding which is custom built to meet your individual needs. Edge protection  Our edge protection systems include mesh barrier systems, counterweight systems, tubular guardrail solutions and screen protection systems. Alloy Towers  All of our staff are trained in accordance with the 2005 Working at Height regulations, and with our years of experience in the scaffolding industry, you won’t find a safer provider of alloy towers. Scaffolding design  Our team will work with you to ensure that your scaffolding is designed to the required standard, using bespoke calculations.  Safety decking  Our safety decking provides an innovative fall prevention system, plus a light-duty access platform.  Plastic hoarding  We offer plastic hoarding services for anyone requiring a site boundary to be hoarded off securely.  Contact us for more information If you require any scaffolding services, please don’t hesitate to contact us and speak to a member of our fantastic team...

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When do you Need Scaffolding?

When do you Need Scaffolding?

By on Jan 29, 2021 in Blog |

Between 2007 and 2008 34 construction workers in the UK died after a fall from a height, and every year over 4,000 major injuries are reported by the UK construction industry, with over half of these injuries resulting from a fall.  Working at height can be extremely challenging and dangerous, no matter the size of the job. So it’s important that construction workers have the correct equipment and protection, to ensure that they can complete their work quickly and safely.  Scaffolding is an extremely important component in the protection of construction workers, but sometimes it can be difficult to decide whether a job actually requires it or not. So how do you know if you need scaffolding?  Accessibility  If elements of your job involve workers accessing hard to reach areas, scaffolding will definitely be a requirement in order for the job to be completed safely. Even seemingly straightforward jobs like painting a building can require scaffolding, if external areas of the building are difficult, or impossible to reach with ladders.  An extensive job When you’re undertaking a big job, you’ll most likely require scaffolding. The likelihood of a job requiring scaffolding increases with the number of people who will be working at a height simultaneously.  In addition, if the job is likely to take a decent amount of time to complete, it would be advisable to erect scaffolding. Using scaffolding means that your safety equipment can stay erect 24/7, saving set up time in the mornings, while scaffolding can also help to protect work sites from the elements, which is helpful during bad spells of weather.   If your job involves an extensive amount of work then the use of scaffolding is almost always advisable.  Does the ground need protection? Scaffolding is designed to protect not only the workers at height, but also workers, and any other passers-by, on the ground. If your job involves many tools and materials being used at a height, then there is a chance that they could be dropped or knocked to the ground, and potentially cause a life-threatening injury.  In this case, scaffolding with edge protection is essential, regardless of the nature of the actual job itself.  Contact us for more information If you...

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