Hollywood and the exciting ever expanding world of scaffolding might seem worlds on paper. However, it might surprise you to know that there is an entire industry dedicated to the use of scaffolding in film and television. Whilst you might not see Brad Pitt or Tom Cruise performing their latest stunt on some freshly laid safety decking; scaffold erection is a key part of the filming process. So when you ask if scaffolding is used in the film and television industry, the answer is a resounding yes. Let’s take a look at some unique and pioneering ways our industry is used in one of the most glamorous industries. To Perform Stunts We start with potentially the most obvious use of scaffolding on the big and little screens. Because scaffolding offers evaluated heights, it provides the perfect opportunity to perform stunts at a much higher vantage point. Accompanying this is the fact that because incredible health and safety regulations are practiced in the UK scaffolding industry; stunts performed using this method offer a significantly lower chance of the stunt going astray and therefor a lower chance of injury. Getting The All Important High Angle High angles are one of the most in important shots in any film is the high angle. Meant to showcase the lack of power of individual in the shot; how the shot is practically made might not be at the forefront of viewer’s mind. A commonly used technique is for the camera operator to stand high amongst the top of the scaffolding and shoot the camera down towards the focus object or actor. Lightning If the lighting in a scene is not correct, the scene can fail in what it is trying to achieve. To counteract this; some lights are suspended atop of a scaffolding construction. Easily Moveable Construction Due to the nature of the filming industry, there is probably no need for a permanent scaffolding fixture. Because of this, the film and television industry rely heavily on easy to erect and easy to move scaffolding types. This might indicate that frame and brace or even cantilever scaffolding will be more frequently used in this industry. This is largely due to the time efficiency and practically...Read Moreabout Is Scaffolding Used in Film and Television?
There have been many books written regarding significant famous events and various industrial topics. But there does not seem to be many books written about scaffolding becoming such a widely used practice around the world. At Network Scaffolding in Derby, we enjoy interesting providing trivia regarding our beloved industry. Whilst the entire history of scaffolding would be near impossible to cover in one post; we will do our best to illustrate how scaffolding became the primary way for workers to work on construction sites. The Construction of the Pyramids Most industries have quite humble beginnings, however, scaffolding did not. One of the first instances if scaffolding being used was for the on of the seven wonders of the world; that being the great pyramids of Egypt. It was the sturdy footing the scaffolding offered along with accompanying practicality which made scaffolding so popular amongst the ancient Egyptians. During scaffolding’s infancy, the construction was particularly popular with the ancient Greeks as well. The 5th century vase; The Berlin Foundery Cup details Greeks using scaffolding for various constructions. Victorian Times Whilst there were many developments in the world of scaffolding, it was not until the Victorian times there were notable changes. During this period; structures were held together with hemp rope and wire whilst frames were made of rope. It was not until the early 1900’s that metal scaffolding became the primarily used method in the western hemisphere and bamboo became popular in many Asian countries. Present Day Scaffolding has taken many forms in the present day. We have covered how scaffolding differs around the world but largely scaffolding takes rather similar forms as well as adhering to very thorough health and safety regulations. Contact Us We hope you have provided some interesting information regarding the history of scaffolding. If you have any other questions regarding scaffold erecting in Derby, please do not hesitate to contact...Read Moreabout A Brief History of Scaffolding
Health and safety in the scaffolding industry is very important. In 2019; a Labour Force Survey in Great Britain advised that there were over 600,000 injuries in the workplace. Whilst the UK has some of the very best health and safety regulations in the world, the workplace clearly still produces many challenges. Because of this, unsafe circumstances can occur. Erecting and maintaining scaffolding can produce many different types of hazards which result in injury. Being a well established supplier of scaffolding in Derby, we understand the importance of health and safety. Arguably in scaffolding more than any other industry. Personal Safety Starting off with arguably the most obvious reasons is the fact that personal safety is very important when it comes to construction. When an employee comes to work one of the many things they expect is to feel safe at work. Not only should employees work more efficiently but have a safer work environment will drastically improve employee mental health. Efficiency Working When a worker undergoes health and safety training they not only garner a better understanding of the health and safety aspects of their jobs but they grossly understand their roles more in-depth. As a direct result of this, their working practices can be significantly more effective and even more thorough. Accreditations By thoroughly exerting health and safety practices, you will subsequently obtain revelation and prestigious regulatory accreditations. This is a fantastic way to illustrate how incredible your company is. This also provides much needed weight to your potential clients or customers. Network scaffolding are accredited to many regulatory bodies, including the SSIP and the Worksafe Contractor. Contact Us Health and safety is very important and if you have any other questions regarding how to better implement health and safety regulations into your workplace, please do get in touch. For al things scaffolding related including access scaffolding in Derbyshire, please keep up to date with our...Read Moreabout Why Health and Safety Is So Important in Scaffolding
In the UK, we are accustomed to seeing steel scaffolding being erected with plastic safety decking littered throughout the construction. However, scaffolding has not always been like this and on top of this, scaffolding is very different in other countries at the moment. Being a premium supplier of scaffolding from Derbyshire, we can not speak to the expertise of other countries and their scaffolding but we can take a look at how their practices differ from ours. Scaffolding has been around for a very long time and since then there have been many variations. Some early records suggest that brass was used for scaffolding instead of steel or aluminium in countries such as Egypt. So let’s take a look at some of the different scaffolding that is used around the world and let’s see how it may vary from our format. Bamboo One of the most notable differences between different scaffolding around the world is the use Bamboo instead of aluminium or steel. Whilst aluminium is significantly more popular in Europe and the western hemisphere, bamboo is the material of choice for scaffolding in a lot of Asian countries such as China, Japan and India. Bamboo scaffolding has some surprising advantages. The material is extremely strong and resilient, making it very effective when it comes to scaffolding. This unique type of scaffolding is quoted as lasting for around 3-5 years. It’s not all so positive when it comes to Bamboo scaffolding however. For safety reasons bamboo can not be used on buildings over 6 stories tall. Additionally, Bamboo shrinks and expands when it gets wet. This can create many problems in more extreme weather conditions. Kwikstage Scaffolding Whilst this type of scaffolding is popular in Scotland, arguably it is most used in Australia. The non-slip platforms and double guard rails significantly improve the safety and reliability of the scaffolding; making it a great an ideal option for countries where the health and safety aspect of the scaffolding is at the forefront. Frame & Brace Scaffolding Frame and brace Scaffolding is particularly popular on residential and commercial projects in North America. This very light scaffolding is extremely popular in North America as it can be easily erected and dismantled. It...Read Moreabout How is Scaffolding Different Around the World?
In the early months of 2022, it seems commonly acknowledged that the job market is booming. Many employers have reported a high demand for employees with there being a particular demand for workers in the manufacturing and construction industry. The Office of National Statistics have predicted they expect there to be another 12 million jobs being created in the next 10 years alone. With so many options available when it comes to employment, you might want to consider, why choose a job in the scaffolding industry? Being a well renowned supplier of scaffolding from Derbyshire, we are proud to highlight the many advantages of working in the scaffolding industry. And perhaps more importantly, we want to help you evaluate if you fit the profile of a future scaffolder. Teamwork As anyone who has ever worked in the manufacturing industry more broadly would tell you, these jobs come with a certain element of teamwork and camaraderie. Many scaffolders cite working in a team being one of the most enjoyable aspects of the job. To work in the scaffolding industry you must ensure excellent channels of communication are upheld at all times for health and safety and efficiency purposes. Accompanying this is fact you have to work closely with your team members. By enacting this technique, tasks are completed to the highest possible standard. Traveling If you are tired of being stuck in one location whilst you work and want a career change; a career in scaffolding might be ideal for you. To erect scaffolding or to implement safety decking, you might have to travel quite a lot. It might go without saying but you may need to travel in this job. Where you will be located will very much depend on where the demand for scaffolding is at its highest. Getting Physically Fit and Being Outdoors If you enjoy fresh air and if you enjoy staying physically fit; working in scaffolding might be right up your street. Many scientists and researchers advise that spending more time outdoors increases your mood. Additionally, staying physically fit has many advantages. As well as having clear visual benefits; it is found that keeping fit also has a positive impact on your mental health. Contact...Read Moreabout Why Work in the Scaffolding Industry?
Nearly a year ago, DerbyshireLive reported of the significant investment which is being made into various projects in aid of boosting the economic growth of the local area as the country emerged from another national lockdown. With so many projects due to begin or revisited this coming year; we thought it might be helpful to take a look at some of the useful information regarding erecting scaffolding in Derbyshire. It was reported a colossal £700 million was invested into around 11 different projects. It was no surprise that PwC Demos Good Growth for Cities estimated the city of Derby; would be one of the fastest to recover from the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. What To Do First? Before even starting to erect your scaffolding, you must ensure you and your colleagues are safe. One of the many ways you can do this is by ensuring the correct training is carried out before hand. Before you start to construct the scaffolding, you will want to thoroughly inspect your working environment. This will help to identify any potential hazard and problems that could arise later in the project. The Winter Months Like many UK destinations north of London, weather conditions can get quite treacherous and unpredictable in the winter months. This can create quite the conundrum when it comes to how best to erect your scaffolding. Some of the extra advice we have during the winter is: Ensure good communication is available between your employees– When putting up your scaffolding it is of paramount importance to ensure employees working on site have easily accessible lines of communication to each other incase of any potential accidents or incidents. Make sure employees wrap up warm– This one might seem like a no-brainer, even if you employee does not like wearing warmer clothing, ensure they are wearing appropriate clothing. During the colder months, it can get very cold in Derby. This rings especially if you are working at higher altitude. Ensure non-slip footwear is worn– Following on from our recent comment, wearing non-slip footwear should be mandatory especially during colder months where the weather is not as glorious. Winter months can be extremely wet and slippery, therefor, appropriate footcare is required. Employees...Read Moreabout Winter Tips for Erecting Scaffolding in Derbyshire