By law, employers and self-employed contractors must carry out a risk assessment for jobs that involve working at height, and state whether scaffolding is necessary. If the job will take longer than half an hour and/or involves stretching from a ladder, then scaffolding should be provided to mitigate the risk of falls.
The scaffolding must be designed, erected and dismantled by competent persons, and in most cases an employer or contractor will hire a specialist scaffolding company to undertake this task. Staff from the company will normally make a site visit to assess the job, but even before this stage they will require some information about the project.
This is to make sure that they have the necessary resources and availability to undertake the work before taking things any further. Here are some of the main points that the scaffolding contractor will want to know more about.
What type of project is it?
There are several different circumstances in which scaffolding will be required, including the following:
Building maintenance— such as repairs to the roof or guttering, repointing work, chimney repairs, or re-rendering work.
Restoration work—Older properties or listed buildings may need restoration work carrying out. This could involve the use of specialist materials and equipment, and the work can be most safely carried out from scaffolding.
Window cleaning—high rise buildings may require scaffolding to allow the windows to be cleaned safely.
Building renovations—when extending or repairing a domestic or commercial building, scaffolding may be required.
An estimated project delivery schedule
The scaffolding company is likely to want an estimated time frame for the project. This can help them decide if they have the resources available to take on the work, and also because scaffolding needs can change according to the time of year and weather conditions, which will affect the price they quote for the job.
Height of the scaffolding
It is crucial to provide accurate information about the maximum height the work will be carried out at. This will enable the scaffolding company to decide what protocol needs to be followed to comply with health and safety regulations, and to assess what parts and equipment are required.
Location and site access
The contractors will need to know where the project is and what access there is to the site. This will help them to understand how challenging it may be to transport materials to the site, and unload and erect the scaffolding. For example, is the building in an isolated rural area which might prove difficult to access and work in during certain weather conditions?
If the building is in a busy urban environment, will certain times of day be more convenient for accessing the site, such as in between the core rush hours? Sometimes specialist equipment may be needed to erect the scaffolding, so the company will need to know if it is possible to use this at the site.
Once all this information has been provided, the scaffolding company will have a clear idea if they are able to take on the project, and at this stage may arrange to make a site visit.
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