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What are the essential pieces of scaffolding equipment?

What are the essential pieces of scaffolding equipment?

By on Oct 10, 2021 in Blog, Scaffolding |

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,...

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What does a scaffolding sub-contractor do?

What does a scaffolding sub-contractor do?

By on Oct 4, 2021 in Scaffolding |

A scaffold builder is responsible for building up and breaking down temporary scaffold structures. Our scaffold structures are used in a number of industries including construction, shipbuilding, utilities, drilling and more. The builders will be tasked with assembling and dismantling structures that allow workers to access specific portions of a building to perform required work. Your guide to sub-contracting scaffolding A scaffold builder’s work day-to-day is determined by the particular project they are working on; there are some core tasks associated with the role. Here is a breakdown of the regular duties of a scaffolder – Securely attach scaffolds to larger structures It is the responsibility of scaffold builders to construct safe scaffolding that remains connected to a large building or structure. They set base anchors and install cross braces, ladders and guardrails allowing others to work at various heights. Builders must also assemble scaffolds according to the appropriate safety requirements for erection and disassembly. Coordinate transport of heavy materials Safely hoisting and lowering materials onto and off of the scaffold during erection and dismantling is one of their key duties. The scaffolder’s job is to anticipate their crew’s next move. They will often work with crane operators to properly rig material onto platforms with equipment such as slings and cables. Assemble piping systems Scaffold builders assist with the assembly of pipe spools and pipe fittings, often working with welders. Pipe scaffolding is a common framework for the construction and renovation of hotels, condominiums, office buildings, schools and colleges. Completing visual equipment inspections Builders complete daily visual inspections and light maintenance to ensure equipment is working properly. Their job is to let supervisors know about any damage, breakdowns or safety issues. They must report all personnel injuries without delay after an accident. Interpret blueprints and work orders Scaffold builders also need to accurately interpret and apply information from job orders, work orders, blueprints, sketch drawings and other blueprint documents. Submitting time cards and completing any additional paperwork is also required. Need to know more? Get in touch now If you have any more questions about the work of scaffolding sub-contractors, please do not hesitate to contact us today. Network Scaffold offer scaffold structures, plastic hoarding and safety decking for...

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Do you know the different types of scaffolding?

Do you know the different types of scaffolding?

By on Sep 28, 2021 in Blog, Scaffolding |

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...

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Do I need scaffolding to replace my windows?

Do I need scaffolding to replace my windows?

By on Sep 21, 2021 in Blog, 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...

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Demolition scaffolding services from Network Scaffold

Demolition scaffolding services from Network Scaffold

By on Sep 16, 2021 in Blog, Scaffolding |

Network Scaffold work with a number of leading demolition contractors in Derby and Nottingham. Our scaffolding work covers a wide range of intricate, complex demolition, dismantling and deconstruction projects. The majority of these projects are in areas where space is limited. As standard, we also offer scaffolding protection and support for the duration of the demolition project. The demolition process explained A building’s demolition brings significant hazards, especially when the building or structure is so close to other buildings and live working environments. The type of demolition scaffold we offer is subject to the contractor’s chosen demolition method, which often requires full encapsulation of the building incorporating dust and falling debris measures. With most demolition work, a degree of asbestos removal invariably occurs, and we can provide fully licensed scaffold structures. Building encapsulation for top-down demolition With a number of local authorities redeveloping large housing estates, it involves the demolition of high-rise tower blocks. These blocks are very close to each other with the space around them being quite restricted. The most commonly used method of demolition is ‘top down’ which involves demolishing the building floor by floor. When conventional demolition occurs close to live environments, buildings, roads and railways, Network Scaffold will provide scaffold structures. We also provide safety decking for sections of buildings and structures that will allow workers to safely navigate the area without fear of falling. The disciplines of health and safety Here at Network Scaffold, the health and safety of workers and the general public is an integral part of our management function. We will always comply with all applicable laws and regulations and look to adapt our management resources to the latest recommendations. Get a no-obligation scaffolding quote from Network Scaffold If you are planning a demolition project soon, contact Network Scaffold Services today for a no-obligation quote for our scaffold structures. We have also recently added plastic hoarding and safety decking to our portfolio, giving our clients the full range of...

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