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. Unsurprisingly, this number is only set to increase over the next 5 to 10 years. 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
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? It protects both employees working on the construction project plus people working around 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 protect workers in hot 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 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 – The netting also needs eyelets or some form of reinforcement which help its shelf life. Otherwise, if the...Read Moreabout What is scaffolding netting?
Scaffolding from Network Scaffold Services is a complex and specially designed construction of metal pipes and tubes, which is primarily used to support structures. While our structures are commonly used for domestic property projects such as loft conversions or extensions, but they are also used on commercial sites for a number of reasons. For our latest post, we will tell you all the commercial uses for our scaffold structures. Using Scaffolding for Construction and repairs Despite the amount of equipment and tools available, including cranes and extendable ladders, scaffolding is the most cost-effective way of constructing a building. According to industry statistics, around 2.3 million or 65% of construction workers use scaffolds in their work. Shopping centres, banks, cafes, small retail shops and other commercial properties can all benefit from using scaffold structures with no limit on size. Whether areas are being expanded or built from scratch, scaffold helps workers reach heights safely. It is also used for repairs and renovations, so buildings, landmarks and tourist attractions are kept in great condition. Using bespoke scaffold structures makes it easier to access, which can be designed by Network Scaffold Services. Advertising Large scale posters and other forms of advertising offer excellent visibility for brands and companies. Catching the eye of passersby and commuters by using scaffolds to advertise products, events or services is a great idea. Some billboards also use scaffolds to hold them up plus make it easier to replace a poster with another. Entertainment Concerts, gigs and other forms of entertainment all incorporate scaffolds to erect different parts of the stage and set up. For bigger arena’s, a lot of work goes into the show’s production with a professional team working long hours to give ticket holders the best experience. Because scaffolding is very flexible, it can be built around different structures as and when needed, which is useful for installing lighting, seating, special effects or sound systems. Contact to find out more Here at Network Scaffold Services, we can design and inspect scaffold structures to make sure you have the best setup for your project. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch...Read Moreabout How is scaffolding used on commercial buildings?
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,...Read Moreabout What are the essential pieces of scaffolding equipment?
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...Read Moreabout What does a scaffolding sub-contractor do?