Winter Tips for Erecting Scaffolding in Derbyshire
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 should take extra breaks if the weather is bad– This simple but effective technique is particularly beneficial as it drastically decreases the chances of you or your colleagues having accidents as well as adding to their general well being and comfort.
If you enact most of these techniques; you will be ensuring a safer and efficient workplace for you and your colleagues this coming winter.
If you have any potential problems with erecting your scaffolding in Derbyshire or if you have any further questions, be sure to contact us.