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?
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?
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
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
Safety still remains the main priority for scaffolders, after the NASC 2021 Safety Report reported the second-lowest figure for accidents and injuries throughout 2020. The NASC is one of the leading UK scaffolding trade bodies that publish their annual Safety report and contains accident statistics, analysis and plans to improve safety standards in the scaffold industry. The NASC 2021 Safety Report explained According to their statistics, just 81 incidents were reported last year; which is just 7 more than the previous year (2019), which was an all-time low. The NASC has stated that the 99.5% of its members went through the entire year accident and injury-free. Some other interesting anecdotes from the report include, the main causes of slips and trips were human error (55%), followed by poor site housekeeping and poor ground conditions (both 19%), and 69% of all recorded operative falls from height were suffered by scaffolders in the 31-40 age bracket. Lynn Way, NASC President commented, “Whilst we’re proud of the headlines figures contained within this year’s Safety Report, this publication is intended to be much more than just a line in the sand, an annual yardstick to measure general safety success against previous years. “It is also a way in which we can learn why incidents occurred with a view to developing ways in which to reduce them – benefiting both NASC members and the wider scaffolding and construction industries.” Robin James, NASC Managing Director added, “It should be remembered that during 2020 scaffolders were faced with challenging Covid-19 related working conditions, with operatives forced to significantly change the way they worked on-site. Also, they ensured that safety standards were not compromised.” The Safest Scaffolding in Derby Network Scaffold Services are the leading provider of scaffolding, for clients right across Derby and the surrounding areas. We have also recently expanded our services to include safety decking and plastic hoarding. If you would like a free no-obligation for any of our products, please do not hesitate to contact us...Read Moreabout Safety still the main priority for scaffolders