Network Scaffolding have been providing high quality scaffolding in Derby and across the neighbouring counties for many years now. And 2022 promises to be a fantastic year for all involved in the scaffolding industry. Back in March 2021, CITB (the Construction Industry Training Board for the UK) projected that by 2028 there will be over 350,000 jobs in the construction industry, further highlighting the ever increasing need for top quality scaffolding. Furthermore, IBIS World cited back in 2020 that there are already over 36,000 employees in the scaffolding industry. As the statistics clearly indicate, 2022 promises to be a very important year for the scaffolding industry. We would like to take this opportunity to highlight some of the most important features we will be focusing on for this coming year and going forward. Health & Safety Most scaffolding providers will always highlight health and safety procedures as a prominent and important feature of the industry. We have frequently referred to the fact that we take health and safety very seriously. This is reinforced by the fact we are proud participants of the BS OHAS 18001:2007 certification scheme. Access Scaffolding Erecting Whilst we offer a vast array of scaffolding services, we would like to highlight access scaffold erecting. We are proud to announce that we will be providing top quality access scaffolding to individual and commercial customers throughout the coming year. If you would like a quick reminder of some of the many benefits of this particular type of scaffolding, allow us to elaborate: Versatility and Adaptability to Suit Required Site Easy to Erect and Dismantle More than Adequate Workspace Safety Contact Us Did you know that we even offer access scaffolding in Nottingham, Loughborough, Derbyshire and throughout Staffordshire? If you are in the surrounding areas of Derbyshire and you have a query regarding Scaffolding, do not hesitate to contact us. In Addition, be sure to keep up-to-date with our website throughout...Read Moreabout Providing High Quality Scaffolding in 2022
Scaffolding netting is one of a number of tools used in the construction industry when working with scaffold structures. Its main objective is to better protect the workers and the people working around scaffold such as dust, heat, rain and any other hazard. For this blog, Network Scaffold will talk you through all the advantages of using netting on your next project. How Does Scaffolding Netting Protect? Scaffold netting protects both employees working on the construction project and the general public who are in close proximity to the project. An Extra Layer of Fall Protection For workers on construction projects, they will gain an extra layer of fall protection with netting. When regular scaffold is set up, there are guardrails and toe rails that act as barriers to prevent workers from falling. Netting ensures full coverage instead of just protection where the rails are located. Provide Shade The netting also provides shade for employees. The amount will depend on the density of the netting and the sun direction. Scaffolding netting a surprisingly effective way to protect workers in hot and/or sunny conditions. From the Elements Similar to the shade rate, netting protects workers from the elements, especially the wind. Shielding from the wind significantly helps works outside during the winter plus it will make performing their tasks easier. Netting also provides protection against any debris that could accidentally fall, including tools or building materials. Passersby Dust-intensive work such as sandblasting creates plenty of dust, but using netting will retain the sand and save polluting the surrounding area. What to Look For in Scaffold Netting When deciding on scaffold netting, there are a number of factors to consider. Here are some things to think about – Fire Retardant – While most products sold today are fire retardant, it is always a good point to check before purchasing. You will want to ensure that in the case of a fire, the netting doesn’t act as extra kindle and become ablaze quickly. UV Resistant – The amount of UV resistance ultimately depends on the length of time the netting will be in place, but you will want to ensure some resistance so it can stay outside and resist the elements. Reinforcement –...Read Moreabout What is scaffolding netting?
Scaffolding from Network Scaffold Services is a complex and specially designed construction of metal pipes and tubes, which is primarily used to support structures. While our structures are commonly used for domestic property projects such as loft conversions or extensions. But they are also used on commercial sites for a number of reasons. For our latest post, we will tell you all the commercial uses for our scaffold structures. Using Scaffolding for Construction and repairs Despite the amount of equipment and tools available, including cranes and extendable ladders, scaffolding is the most cost-effective way of constructing a building. According to industry statistics, around 2.3 million or 65% of construction workers use scaffolds in their work. Shopping centres, banks, cafes, small retail shops and other commercial properties can all benefit from using scaffold structures with no limit on size. Whether areas are being expanded or built from scratch, scaffold helps workers reach heights safely. It is also used for repairs and renovations, so buildings, landmarks and tourist attractions are kept in great condition. Using bespoke scaffold structures makes it easier to access, which can be designed by Network Scaffold Services. Advertising Large scale posters and other forms of advertising offer excellent visibility for brands and companies. Catching the eye of passersby and commuters by using scaffolds to advertise products, events or services is a great idea. Some billboards also use scaffolds to hold them up plus make it easier to replace a poster with another. Entertainment Concerts, gigs and other forms of entertainment all incorporate scaffolds to erect different parts of the stage and set up. For bigger arena’s; a lot of work goes into the show’s production with a professional team working long hours to give ticket holders the best experience. Because scaffolding is very flexible; it can be built around different structures as and when needed, which is useful for installing lighting, seating, special effects or sound systems. Contact to Find Out More Here at Network Scaffold Services, we can design and inspect scaffold structures to make sure you have the best setup for your project. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch...Read Moreabout How is scaffolding used on commercial buildings?
The tools you need for scaffolding can often depending on the type of equipment you are going to use and if a scaffold tower is needed. For this blog, Network Scaffold Services will explain all about the fundamental items required for a successful scaffold project. 9 Types of scaffolding equipment 1. Safety Decking – Safety decking is used by scaffolders to walk on and allow workers to safely navigate across the structure. 2. Crossbars – These are the diagonal bars that go across the frame that keeps the scaffold structure in place and provide extra strength. This means the scaffold supports much heavier loads and allows it to be built higher but still safely. Crossbars also provide an additional barrier that prevents anyone from falling from the scaffold. 3. Framing – These are the bars and poles which go across the framing of the structure making up the general structure of the frame. This needs to be regularly checked over a period of time to make sure the condition is suitable for continued usage. Poles that appear to be rusting should be replaced as this is an indication that they are not as strong as they should be. 4. Pins and clamps – These devices are simply used to keep the structure together, and it is integral that they are checked regularly. This is because if one pin or clamp fails or becomes damaged, the integrity of the whole structure is put at risk. 5. Base plates – Base plates are placed under the lower scaffold poles and spread the weight of the structure so the legs of the scaffold put less pressure on the ground and prevent it from slipping. 6. Safety barriers – Depending on how the scaffold is used, added safety features may be needed. Netting may not necessarily be strong enough to prevent someone from falling but can prevent any building equipment from falling off the scaffold structure plus it protects anyone working below. 7. Tape measure and socket set – It may sound obvious, but, a tape measure is essential to ensure the scaffold is built in accordance with the requirements set out in the plan. Additionally, without a reliable socket set or spanner,...Read Moreabout What are the essential pieces of scaffolding equipment?
Construction workers need a platform to move materials and move along to carry out their tasks – which is where scaffolding comes in. It is a temporary framework mainly made of steel with platforms at different heights. If you are looking for scaffold for your next project, Network Scaffold Services is your first destination. It supports both the original structure that is under construction plus the workmen involved. Masons need scaffolding where they can sit and place construction materials when the height of a column, wall or any other structural components of a building exceeding 1.5m. Scaffold can be used for the construction of new buildings, maintenance of an existing structure, access, repair plus inspection. Scaffolding uses in construction Single Scaffolding – Single scaffold platforms are often used in brick masonry works, consisting of a single framework of standards, ledgers and put logs that are temporarily constructed parallel to the wall being worked at. For scaffoldings placed on very tall heights, braces are usually fixed for additional support and help to maintain the stability of the high scaffolding. Braces are fitted cross diagonally with the standards using rope lashing. Double Scaffolding – Also known as mason’s scaffolding because it is widely used for stone masonry works. This type is generally stronger and provides better support for construction works when compared to single scaffold platforms. It features two rows of standards separated by ledgers for better support. Steel scaffolding – Also referred to as tubular scaffolding due to the hollow nature of the steel metals used. The metals are fastened using a special form of steel couples instead of rope lashing. The fastening mechanism consists of prop nuts that hold individual pipes, bolts, nuts and washers plus wedge and clips. The standards in steel scaffold platforms are anchored on square or round steel plates known as base plates by welding, instead of fixing them into the ground. Got any questions? Get in touch now If you have any questions about the different types of scaffold, please do not hesitate to contact Network Scaffold Services...Read Moreabout Do you know the different types of scaffolding?
Here at Network Scaffold, we consider the use of scaffolding to be an integral part of the design and survey process for glazing providers. For this blog, we look at the main criteria for the requirements for scaffold. The main reasons for scaffolding The two main factors in deciding on scaffold structures are the safety of glazing installers plus the ability to create the best professional finish possible. The safety of fitters cannot be overstated, with some companies working regularly with us as a scaffold partner to create an overall quote for window installation. In a nutshell, glazing installers are constantly trying to make sure installers are safe and achieve an excellent finish to their work, which is sometimes only possible using scaffolding. Many different types of properties present numerous challenges, including types of housing that can be extraordinarily diverse in terms of size, age, construction, ground conditions and glazing apertures. Here are some of the criteria incorporated into the decision to use scaffold structures. Height – If the work is above first-floor level it is recommended to use scaffold. Dormer windows – Dormer windows are often set back from the property roofline which means they can only be safely reached with scaffold. Lintels – When a steel lintel above a window is being installed, scaffold will normally be used unless the window is at ground floor level. Windows above conservatories or porches – Any type of structure that prevents installers from being able to put a ladder up to reach a window is considered an obstruction that requires scaffold structures. By systematically considering each of the aspects above, window installers will be able to decide whether the scaffold is needed and inform their clients in due course. Got more questions? Please contact us now If you have any more questions about using scaffolding for window replacement and installations, please do not hesitate to get in touch...Read Moreabout Do I need scaffolding to replace my windows?