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What are the different types of scaffolding?

What are the different types of scaffolding?

By on Aug 16, 2021 in Blog, Scaffolding |

Here at Network Scaffold Services, we work with a number of different types of scaffolding, which are all used for different purposes in construction. For our latest blog, we will talk you through seven different kinds of scaffold available on the market and explain their uses. 7 Different types of scaffolding explained Single – This is commonly known as brick layer’s scaffolding and consists of standards, ledgers, putlogs, which is parallel to the wall at a distance of roughly 1.2m. The distance between the standards is between 2 and 2.5 metres, with ledgers connecting the standards at a vertical interval of 1.2-1.5m. Putlogs are taken out from the hole left in the wall to one end of the ledgers. Putlogs will then be placed at an interval of 1.2-1.5m. Double – Generally used for stone masonry, it is sometimes referred to as mason’s scaffolding. In stone walls, it is difficult to make holes in the wall to support putlogs. Two rows of scaffold will make this strong. Cantilever – This type of system has standards that are supported on a series of needles, that go through holes in the wall. This is known as single frame type scaffolding. For other types, needles are strutted inside the floors through the openings and are known as independent or double frame scaffold. Please note, care needs to be taken when constructing this system. Typically cantilever systems should be used in the following conditions – When the ground doesn’t have the capacity to support standards When the ground near the wall needs to be free from traffic When the upper part of the wall is under construction Suspended – A suspended working platform is based on roofs with the help of wire ropes or chains. This can be raised or lowered to the required level. The system is used for repair works, pointing and paintings. Trestle – For a trestle scaffold platform, it is supported on movable tripods or ladders and is generally used for work inside the room, such as paintings or repairs up to 5 metres in height. Steel – Steel platforms are constructed by steel tubes that are fixed together by steel couplers or fittings. Very easy to construct or...

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How Safety Decking is constructed?

How Safety Decking is constructed?

By on Aug 11, 2021 in Blog, Safety Decking |

Scaffold safety decking has been a widely used component in the construction industry for 20 years. These systems help to prevent falls, with the deck elevated to a position just below the working surface. This original concept has been further developed; with recent systems providing a more rigid and stable working platform using relatively light components, which are easy to erect. Issues that Safety Decking addresses Systems used by Network Scaffold Services are used to combat problems faced by operatives installing roof trusses. These issues include – There is nowhere for them to stand when fixing and bracing trusses Having a satisfactory anchorage point for personal fall arrest equipment is difficult to find The trellis innovation for safety decks protects operatives by providing a temporary work platform. The industry’s standpoint on safety systems has also evolved, with an emphasis on risk control. This includes a heavy lean towards PPE plus the decks being passive collective fall prevention for all operatives working on it. How are these systems manufactured? PVC components for safety decks are manufactured by specialist plastic organisations that use technology for moulding configurations for a number of component shapes. The moulding manufacturing technique provides a number of advantages over other forms of manufacture. As the system components are formed with no requirement for additional cutting of the plastic, which could potentially weaken the component at the cut area. The trellis arrangement is manufactured in aluminium square tubular sections and cut to the required size. Then they are riveted together, forming the extendable trellis. This is the point when the manufacturer’s logo and any further paintwork would be applied. Order your scaffolding systems from Network Scaffold If you are looking for scaffolding systems plus safety decking or even plastic hoarding, Network Scaffold Services is your only destination. We work with domestic and commercial clients across Derby and the surrounding areas; please contact us for more...

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Why is scaffolding so important in construction?

Why is scaffolding so important in construction?

By on Aug 4, 2021 in Blog, Scaffolding |

A typical image from a construction site is more than likely to conjure up a half-finished building with several workers navigating around a tall steel structure known as scaffolding. This is one of the most familiar aspects of any architectural job, but why is it so important in construction? We will examine this topic during this blog. Scaffolding is installed at the start of any construction project or maintenance work. It is a temporary platform, offering support and elevation plus it enables workers to carry materials and conduct their work during the construction process. This can include repairs and cleaning but primarily its purpose is to ensure the safety of workers while the building is being maintained or built. An added caveat is that it also provides a level of support to the standing structure. 4 reasons why scaffolding is essential We have put together 4 reasons why the construction industry relies on the scaffold so much – 1. Efficiency – Scaffold provides builders and workers with a safe and secure platform to carry out their duties. The structure allows them to manoeuvre around buildings of any shape and size quickly and more efficiently. Typically they take a single day to be erected, and will essentially reduce the time spent on-site, thus making the overall project more time-efficient. 2. Safety – Working at height carries an element of danger and risk, and as we have previously mentioned a scaffold platform gives workers a safe and secure setting to carry out their tasks whilst being stationed at a considerable height. Safety appliances such as barrier netting and fencing will also ensure the health and safety of the general public below the structure. These barriers will be able to catch any loose debris and create a completely safe and secure working environment for everyone involved. 3. Easy To Access – Scaffold gives builders and workers easy access to parts of buildings that would be difficult to reach otherwise. Using bespoke scaffold structures means it can be constructed in a way to match the building design. 4. Prime Position – One of the main advantages for builders or workers is that scaffold puts them in a strategic position to carry out their...

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Safety still the main priority for scaffolders

Safety still the main priority for scaffolders

By on Jul 30, 2021 in Blog, Scaffolding |

Safety still remains the main priority for scaffolders, after the NASC 2021 Safety Report reported the second-lowest figure for accidents and injuries throughout 2020. The NASC is one of the leading UK scaffolding trade bodies that publish their annual Safety report and contains accident statistics, analysis and plans to improve safety standards in the scaffold industry. The NASC 2021 Safety Report explained According to their statistics, just 81 incidents were reported last year; which is just 7 more than the previous year (2019), which was an all-time low. The NASC has stated that the 99.5% of its members went through the entire year accident and injury-free. Some other interesting anecdotes from the report include, the main causes of slips and trips were human error (55%), followed by poor site housekeeping and poor ground conditions (both 19%), and 69% of all recorded operative falls from height were suffered by scaffolders in the 31-40 age bracket. Lynn Way, NASC President commented, “Whilst we’re proud of the headlines figures contained within this year’s Safety Report, this publication is intended to be much more than just a line in the sand, an annual yardstick to measure general safety success against previous years. “It is also a way in which we can learn why incidents occurred with a view to developing ways in which to reduce them – benefiting both NASC members and the wider scaffolding and construction industries.” Robin James, NASC Managing Director added, “It should be remembered that during 2020 scaffolders were faced with challenging Covid-19 related working conditions, with operatives forced to significantly change the way they worked on-site. Also, they ensured that safety standards were not compromised.” The Safest Scaffolding in Derby Network Scaffold Services are the leading provider of scaffolding, for clients right across Derby and the surrounding areas. We have also recently expanded our services to include safety decking and plastic hoarding. If you would like a free no-obligation for any of our products, please do not hesitate to contact us...

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What training is needed to work on scaffolding?

What training is needed to work on scaffolding?

By on Jul 24, 2021 in Blog, Scaffolding |

Anyone working on erecting scaffolding should be competent or if being trained, should be supervised by a competent person. This needs to be appropriate training with regards to the type of scaffold you are using. As the minimum, every scaffold team should contain a qualified scaffolder for the type and complexity of the platform being erected. This could be an individual that has received industry recognised training such as The Construction Industry Scaffolders Registration Scheme (CISRS) or they have received training under a recognised manufacturer or supplier scheme. Are design drawings needed for my scaffold? A scaffold needs to either be erected to a recognised standard configuration (such as those in National Access and Scaffolding Confederation (NASC) document TG20 Volume 1 for tube and fitting scaffolds or a manufacturers’ guidance for system scaffolds) plus it must be designed by calculation to make sure it has sufficient strength and stability. Do harnesses need to be inspected regularly? Network Scaffold would recommend three levels of inspection for harnesses – Pre-use check – This task needs to be carried out by the user at the start of each shift to check for visible or surface defects. If there are any defects they need to be brought to the attention of the employer. Detailed Inspection – A formally recorded inspection needs to be undertaken at least every six months. For equipment that is used frequently, we would suggest that this task takes place every 3 months, particularly when the equipment is used for demolition, steel erection, steel masts/towers with edges plus scaffolding. Interim Inspection – It may also be appropriate to conduct interim inspections between detailed ones as the employer’s risk assessment could have identified significant deterioration that could affect the lanyard before the next scheduled inspection. The need for interim inspections will depend on how much the harness is used. Some examples where they may be appropriate is working environments that involve paints, chemicals or grit blasting operations or risks from acidic or alkaline environments if the lanyard’s fabric cannot be determined. Get in touch for more information If you have any questions about Network Scaffold’s accreditations, please do not hesitate to contact us...

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Do I need scaffolding for roof repairs?

Do I need scaffolding for roof repairs?

By on Jul 18, 2021 in Blog, Scaffolding |

While you may not think that domestic roofing repairs need a professional to complete, scaffolding will be required for health and safety purposes. Before attempting roof repairs, you will need to consider how to complete the job safely whilst ensuring the building remains in a good and stable condition. If your repairs are not done properly, water will be able to get through and damage internal ceilings and walls which is costly and inconvenient to rectify. If you have doubts about your ability to fix a roofing issue, it is probably more cost-effective to talk to an expert. 5 questions to ask when considering scaffolding What are the rules? Health and safety rules will always advise having a proper risk assessment carried out if more than four people are working at height. The results will often conclude the safest way to complete this task is by using a scaffold. How big is the job? Jobs that involve working on the entire roof will always require scaffolding. These platforms are designed to keep workers at height safe and those based on the ground. If there is a risk of tools or materials falling from the roof, then a scaffold with edge protection will be needed around the platform. If materials are being passed from the roof to the ground a chute will need to be fitted to the edge of the scaffolding to allow for safe transportation. How long will the job take? If your job is likely to last more than two days, especially given the unpredictable British weather, we would always advise using a scaffold. This helps to cover up an unfinished roof plus you can protect the roof, tools and materials from adverse weather. Do I need a platform? If your repairs involve working on a chimney you should always use scaffold as a safe working platform. While there are other alternatives, none are as safe as systems from Network Scaffold as your safety is always worth investing in. When is scaffolding not needed? If your job is quite simple and takes no more than a day, using a safely secured ladder is all you will need. However, consider an alternative if there is any risk of...

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