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Why Health and Safety Is So Important in Scaffolding

Why Health and Safety Is So Important in Scaffolding

By on Feb 15, 2022 in Blog, 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...

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How is Scaffolding Different Around the World?

How is Scaffolding Different Around the World?

By on Feb 9, 2022 in Blog, Safety Decking, 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...

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Why Work in the Scaffolding Industry?

Why Work in the Scaffolding Industry?

By on Feb 1, 2022 in Blog, Safety Decking, Scaffolding |

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...

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Winter Tips for Erecting Scaffolding in Derbyshire

Winter Tips for Erecting Scaffolding in Derbyshire

By on Jan 26, 2022 in Blog, Scaffolding |

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...

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Providing High Quality Scaffolding in 2022

Providing High Quality Scaffolding in 2022

By on Jan 20, 2022 in Blog, Scaffolding |

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...

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What is scaffolding netting?

What is scaffolding netting?

By on Oct 23, 2021 in Blog, Scaffolding |

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 –...

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