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?
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...Read Moreabout How Safety Decking is constructed?
Since we started supplying safety decking, Network Scaffold Services have received plenty of enquiries from scaffold contractors look to hire our ‘crash decks’. The term ‘Crash Decking’ is commonly used by construction site professionals when describing fall safety solutions. The term implies there is going to be some kind of impact and it has become associated with the possibility of stopping a falling person or a crash or fall from height. How our safety decking works Network Scaffold‘s safety decks provide an internal fall prevention/work platform for traditional build and construction projects. Please note it is designed to prevent falls, not protect you against them. Our market-leading system is mats designed to mitigate the risk of injury to workers who may fall from heights up to 2.5 metres. Following a rigorous testing regime, our system will also comply with UK Health and Safety regulations. If a worker is on top of our platform they will be safe and secure and cannot fall. Falling from Height When thinking about a worker falling from a height it will be a completely different scenario if they fell onto a deck instead. While your body may experience a tremendous amount of g-force in a short space of time during an accident; this is greatly reduced by crash decking. The system is designed to flex and absorb some of the shock of falling objects and is not designed to protect a person from falling from a height. The more rigid the crash deck, the greater the G-force that would be exerted upon the worker. Get in touch for more information For anyone interested in knowing more about crash decking from Network Scaffold Services, please contact us now. Don’t forget we also provide access scaffolding, plastic hoarding plus alloy towers and edge protection for clients right across Derby and the surrounding...Read Moreabout Safety Decking Explained
Safety decking from Network Scaffold Services offers a safe loading solution for a wide variety of construction projects. We have recently started offering safety decks plus plastic hoarding to help give our clients the complete selection of scaffold systems. Network Scaffold are renowned for top quality safety procedures, so investing in durable, multifaceted safety decks was a valuable venture to create the most efficient working environments on construction sites across Derby and the surrounding areas. Safety decks are a fall prevention work platform that protects site workers from any falls from height; which is the number one risk for scaffolders. They also provide a loading workable platform that is often necessary to complete a construction project. 5 Reasons to Choose Our Safety Decking 1. Reduce Installation and Dismantle Times – Traditional scaffolding tubular birdcages are more difficult to put up and take back down. Using safety decks can cut your installation and dismantling times by 70% (according to industry statistics) plus reduce the labour for staff and get the job done much quicker. 2. Ease Pressure on Building Areas – Decking solutions are extremely lightweight with any pressure they add to a build being minimal. You will also limit the weight on the level itself as it lowers the amount of loading required as this will be on deck instead. 3. Self-Contained – Safety decks are an entirely standalone piece of equipment and are completely self-supporting which ensures there is little disruption to your project when it is brought in and taken back out. 4. Installation Doesn’t Require Any Work at Height – One of the main reasons safety decks are used is to maximise safety on sites. Throughout both the installation and dismantle your workers won’t need to worry about working at height. 5. Increased Load Capacity – Internal decking increases your loading capacity meaning your workers can get on with their job with less risk attached to getting on and off the scaffold. Get in Touch With Any Questions If you have any questions about safety decking from Network Scaffold Services, please do not hesitate to contact us...Read Moreabout Why Should I Use Safety Decking?
In the construction industry, falls are the largest cause of accidental death which accounts for 50% of all fatalities. One of the most effective ways to prevent accidents on your site is by using safety decking from Network Scaffold. Remember, if the correct measures are not taken in accordance with the Work at Height Regulations 2005, a person working at height could fall which causes personal injury and possibly a claim for liability. When working at height is unavoidable, you need to use a collective system, for fall prevention – such as safety decks. Our systems are significantly quicker to erect and dismantle plus they provide a safe working environment when compared to traditional methods. 4 Reasons to Choose Our Safety Decking 1. Health and Safety Compliant – Safety decks from Network Scaffold comply with the Work at Height Regulations 2005, where employers and those in control of any work at height activity require the correct type of equipment being used for safety. 2. Fast Assembly – As we have previously mentioned, our safety decks can be installed quicker than traditional solutions. It also provides a level of adaptability which is lacking from alternatives as it has undergone rigorous independent testing beforehand. Because of its level of versatility our customers are able to choose a system that works best for their chosen project. 3. Multi-Location Availability – Network Scaffold is able to offer safety decking services for customers across Derby, Nottingham and the surrounding areas. 4. Durable Decking – Our safety decks require no maintenance making them ideal for all trades in any weather all year round. The robust design and high-quality build mean you get a full, safe and unobtrusive working area with maximum freedom of movement. Get in Touch for a Competitive Quote If you have any questions about safety decking from Network Scaffold Services, please do not hesitate to contact us today for a competitive...Read Moreabout The Benefits of Using Safety Decking