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When do you Need Scaffolding?

When do you Need Scaffolding?

By on Jan 29, 2021 in Blog, Scaffolding |

Between 2007 and 2008 34 construction workers in the UK died after a fall from a height, and every year over 4,000 major injuries are reported by the UK construction industry, with over half of these injuries resulting from a fall.  Working at height can be extremely challenging and dangerous, no matter the size of the job. So it’s important that construction workers have the correct equipment and protection, to ensure that they can complete their work quickly and safely.  Scaffolding is an extremely important component in the protection of construction workers, but sometimes it can be difficult to decide whether a job actually requires it or not. So how do you know if you need scaffolding?  Accessibility  If elements of your job involve workers accessing hard to reach areas, scaffolding will definitely be a requirement in order for the job to be completed safely. Even seemingly straightforward jobs like painting a building can require scaffold structures, if external areas of the building are difficult, or impossible to reach with ladders.  An extensive scaffolding job When you’re undertaking a big job, you’ll most likely require scaffolding. The likelihood of a job requiring scaffold structures increases with the number of people who will be working at a height simultaneously.  In addition, if the job is likely to take a decent amount of time to complete, it would be advisable to erect scaffold. Using scaffolding means that your safety equipment can stay erect 24/7, saving set up time in the mornings, while scaffolding can also help to protect work sites from the elements, which is helpful during bad spells of weather.   If your job involves an extensive amount of work then the use of scaffolding is almost always advisable.  Does the ground need protection? Scaffolding is designed to protect not only the workers at height, but also workers, and any other passers-by, on the ground. If your job involves many tools and materials being used at a height, then there is a chance that they could be dropped or knocked to the ground, and potentially cause a life-threatening injury.  In this case, scaffolding with edge protection is essential, regardless of the nature of the actual job itself.  Contact us for more...

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Scaffolding Services Continue During Lockdown 3.0

Scaffolding Services Continue During Lockdown 3.0

By on Jan 6, 2021 in Blog, Scaffolding |

Scaffolding and construction services will continue despite the UK being put under a third lockdown to help stop the spread of Coronavirus. The announcement was made by Prime Minister Boris Johnson on 5th January 2021, but guidance has been published regarding the scaffold industry, with the lockdown coming into effect on 7th January. Lockdown Statement Explained All members of the public will need to stay home until at least 15th February and to leave only for exercise and work from home, if possible. Johnson said in the statement, “You can only leave home for work purposes where it is unreasonable for you to do your job from home, including but not limited to people who work within critical national infrastructure, construction or manufacturing that require in-person attendance.” Tradespeople will continue to work on and in other people’s homes while adhering to COVID-19 social distancing measures. Scaffold hire and sale yards (such as Network Scaffold) and builders merchants are classed as essential retail and will be allowed to stay open alongside food shops, supermarkets and pharmacies. During the third lockdown, the government aims to roll out a mass vaccination program and vaccinate around 15 million people by the middle of February and help to combat the virus. The prime minister Boris Johnson added, “With every jab that goes into our arms, we are tilting the odds against Covid and in favour of the British people. And, thanks to the miracle of science, not only is the end in sight but we know exactly how we will get there. But for now, I am afraid, you must once again stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives.” Get in Touch for Competitive Scaffolding Quotes Now If you are urgently looking for scaffolding, safety decking or plastic hoarding for your building, please do not hesitate to contact Network Scaffold Services now. We offer scaffold services to customers across Derby, Nottingham and the surrounding...

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Wrap Up Warm Using Scaffolding This Winter

Wrap Up Warm Using Scaffolding This Winter

By on Dec 23, 2020 in Blog, Scaffolding |

During winter, erecting scaffolding can be tricky but don’t worry as Network Scaffold Services have tips to keep you safe. In this blog, we will give you our top 10 of scaffold safety this winter. Top 10 Scaffolding Tips 1. Be Seen and Be Warm – When visibility is low and the cold weather starts, using a high-vis jacket will help keep you warm and safe. It is important to be seen plus it reduces the risk of being struck by moving vehicles on construction sites. 2. Keep the Rain Out – A good set of waterproofs is essential for comfort plus they will also be necessary to deal with the conditions. If it is milder then you may prefer something more breathable, just make sure you get the balance right. 3. Protect Your Hands – A good pair of gloves will protect your hands during everyday tasks and keep them warm. Dexterity is a necessity, so you will still need a pair of gloves that allow you to do your job. If you have to take off your gloves to work, then you have probably got the wrong pair. 4. Keep Your Head Warm – A helmet liner is an ideal addition to a hard hat in winter to help keep your head warm. Fastening under the chin will protect your head, ears and part of your neck from the cold. Ensure you get a liner that is easily attached to a helmet for increased comfort. 5. Look After Your Feet – Winter footwear needs to offer great protection plus being durable and comfortable. A quality pair of waterproof and insulated safety boots improves productivity as you will feel better on your feet for longer. 6. Heavy-Duty Scaffold Sheeting – If you are working on scaffold this winter, you could be subjected to unsavoury conditions. Heavy-duty sheeting will keep out the wind and rain and helps you to focus on the job at hand. There is a number of options such as flame-retardant and certified sheeting. 7. Tether Your Tools – Cold, wet and numb hands could mean you drop your tools with catastrophic results. Tool tethering will ensure you are attached to your tools and protecting those...

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Scaffolding Hire in Nottingham 

Scaffolding Hire in Nottingham 

By on Nov 25, 2020 in Blog, Scaffolding |

Looking for scaffolding in Nottingham and the surrounding areas? Look no further! We provide a range of professional scaffolding services to clients throughout the Midlands, including Nottingham, Derbyshire, Burton on Trent, Staffordshire, Lichfield, Tamworth, and Loughborough. No matter your site requirements, you can rely on Network Scaffold to provide you with an excellent scaffolding solution, designed to help you to complete your project to the best of your ability.  We offer our services to private individuals, local authorities, industrial and commercial sectors, and house building construction applications. Access Scaffold Erecting We specialise in erecting and dismantling access scaffolding for a variety of projects, ensuring that you have the platform you need to complete your projects safely and efficiently. Access scaffolding is ideal for maintenance and repair work, new builds, demolition and roof work. We offer a variety of access scaffolding solutions and can provide a bespoke scaffolding system if required. Edge Protection  Our edge protection systems include mesh barrier systems, counterweight systems, tubular guardrail solutions and screen protection systems. Our counterweight systems, screen protection systems and mesh barrier systems have been manufactured to comply with EN 13374 Class A requirements. While our net barrier systems meet EN 13374 Class C requirements. Alloy Towers All of our team are trained in accordance with the 2005 Working at Height regulations, and with our years of experience in the scaffolding industry, you won’t find a safer provider of alloy towers. Using an alloy tower provides a stable work area, and increases the chances of a job being completed in a shorter space of time. Our alloy towers are made with aluminium, and plastic locking joints are used, to ensure there is no need for additional tools. Scaffold Design It’s a requirement of 2005 Working at Height Regulations that your scaffold is assembled to a generally recognised standard and designed using bespoke calculations, ensuring adequate strength, rigidity and stability while it’s erected, in use, and dismantled. Our team will work with you to ensure that your scaffolding is designed appropriately to the specification of your project. Get in Touch for More Information To find out more about our scaffolding services, feel free to contact us...

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Scaffolding Insurance Explained

Scaffolding Insurance Explained

By on Oct 29, 2020 in Blog, Scaffolding |

Whether you are buying scaffolding insurance for the first time or looking to renew it, there is a number of factors to consider. Here at Network Scaffold Services, we put our staff and business at the forefront of our minds ensuring our scaffold, safety decking and plastic hoarding is as safe as possible. In this post, we will tell you all you need to know about scaffolding insurance and why it is so important. What is Scaffolding Insurance? Scaffolding is a high-risk business, where all the risks need to be taken into consideration on a day-to-day basis. Consider risks for your team, contractors and members of the public, as anything can happen to anyone at any time. Without insurance, any accident that occurs on your site means your business could be financially liable if an accident was caused by you. The insurance is therefore designed to protect you financially, against unforeseen accidents. Why Do You Need It? Insurance will mitigate risk, even the unavoidable and unknown risks of the scaffold industry. Because of the nature of the work, scaffolders are put at greater risk than many other trades. From erecting the scaffolding to working on it, maintaining it and dismantling it, think about the different types of accidents that could happen to you, your colleagues, contractors, members of the public plus the site if an accident happens. What Types of Insurance are Available? Scaffold insurance is made up of a number of different insurance types because each covers a different risk – Public Liability Insurance – This is the main type of insurance which is designed to protect your business if a third party makes a claim against your company for causing an accident or injury to themselves or damage to their property. If you are found to be legally responsible for the injury or damage claim, public liability insurance will assist with paying the financial cost. Employer’s Liability Insurance – If your scaffolding business directly employs people, whether full time, part-time or contractors, there is a legal requirement for you to have employer’s liability insurance. This is designed to protect an employee should something happen to them when operating and working on the scaffolding. If you are found...

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Scaffolding Services You Can Rely On

Scaffolding Services You Can Rely On

By on Oct 15, 2020 in Blog, Scaffolding |

Looking for scaffolding in Nottingham and the surrounding areas? Look no further! Network Scaffold provide a range of professional scaffolding services to clients throughout the Midlands, including Nottingham, Derbyshire, Burton on Trent, Staffordshire, Lichfield, Tamworth, and Loughborough. No matter what your site requirements are, you can rely on us to provide you with an excellent scaffold solution, designed to help you to complete your project to the best of your ability. We offer our services to private individuals, local authorities, industrial and commercial sectors, and house building construction applications. Here is a breakdown of our services – Access Scaffold Erecting We specialise in erecting and dismantling access scaffolding for a variety of projects, ensuring that you have the platform you need to complete your projects safely and efficiently. Access scaffolding is ideal for maintenance and repair work, new builds, demolition and roof work. We offer a variety of access scaffolding solutions and can provide a bespoke scaffold system if required. Edge Protection Our edge protection systems include mesh barrier systems, counterweight systems, tubular guardrail solutions and screen protection systems. Our counterweight systems, screen protection systems and mesh barrier systems have been manufactured to comply with EN 13374 Class A requirements. While our net barrier systems meet EN 13374 Class C requirements. Alloy Towers All of our team are trained in accordance with the 2005 Working at Height regulations, and with our years of experience in the scaffolding industry, you won’t find a safer provider of alloy towers. Using an alloy tower provides a stable work area, and increases the chances of a job being completed in a shorter space of time. Our alloy towers are made with aluminium, and plastic locking joints are used, to ensure there is no need for additional tools. Scaffolding Design It’s a requirement of 2005 Working at Height Regulations that your scaffolding is assembled to a generally recognised standard and designed using bespoke calculations, ensuring adequate strength, rigidity and stability while it’s erected, in use, and dismantled. Our team will work with you to ensure that your scaffold is designed appropriately to the specification of your project. Get in Touch for More Information If you have any questions about scaffolding in Nottingham, please do...

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