FAQ

FAQ

  • What is the difference between the scaffolding industry and building industry?

Generally speaking, the building industry only deals with everything to do with construction apart from access issues, and that’s where the scaffolding companies come in. Because scaffolding is a very specialised and technical area, building companies usually contract a scaffolding company for their access and support issues.

  • Why is hiring scaffolding much better then aluminium towers?

For starters, aluminium towers aren’t very safe, there are also practical issues as they restrict access and you also have to erect and dismantle aluminium towers yourself. In addition to not being very versatile, aluminium towers require a lot of space to be fixed, which can be very inconvenient for residential property owners being a lot more hassle then they are worth. To save yourself the time and anguish, pick up the phone and we will do all the hard work for you at a safer and faster rate.

  • Does the length of time of the contract effect the price of the scaffold?

Generally speaking, small projects that take up to 8 weeks wouldn’t have much effect on the price of the scaffolding job, and you would usually expect to pay the same rate even if the project is only for a week, but then all depends in the scaffold company.

  • In which areas do you work?

We usually work and focus central and west London but we do take projects within 100 mile radius of London.

  • Are you fully insured?

We have £5 million employers and £10 million public insurance cover.

  • Do I need design drawings for the scaffold?

We always erect the scaffolding according to TG20 volume 1 tube and fitting scaffold or the manufacturer’s guidance for system scaffold. Drawings can be produced on request if calculated weight is needed or if a more complex design has to be erected.

  • How often should a scaffold be inspected?

A scaffold structure on larger projects should be inspected before first use and then every 7 days thereafter.

It should also be inspected each time it has been exposed to severe weather conditions or after major alterations and adaptions have taken place.

  • Who is allowed to inspect the scaffold?

Any fully qualified CISRS scaffolder or scaffold inspector holding the relevant qualifications.

  • What is a handover certificate?

A handover certificate is a signed certificate by both parties (the scaffolding contractor after inspection and the building contractor) to confirm that no changes should be made to the structure unless carried out by a qualified scaffolder.

  • Do I have to have a scafftag on a scaffold?

Although a scafftag isn’t a legal requirement, it is the best way of keeping a record of whether the scaffold has been inspected and the scafftag has been signed.

  • What training its required to be a scaffolder?

As a minimum a scaffold gang should have at least one qualified scaffolder who has gone through training under an industry training scheme and must hold a CISRS card.

  • How can you prevent falls when putting up a scaffold?

We can prevent a fall in many different ways; using the right tools and equipment and using advanced guard rails where necessary.

  • What would you classify as short duration work?

Short duration work is normally required when small tasks like replacing a few broken tiles or fitting a new TV aerial is needed.

  • What do I need to do to comply with working at height regulations 2005?

A few important things a scaffold contractor should have in place are: A plan for works to organise the work properly; those involved in the work at height are competent and that the risks for the work at height are assessed accordingly with the correct equipment being selected for the job. The risk of working on or near fragile surfaces also needs to be appropriately managed, with the equipment used for the work at height being maintained and inspected properly.

  • How often should a harness be inspected?

Pre-use check of the harness should be done every time prior to use. A detailed inspection should take place and be formally recorded every 6 months.

  • Do I need a permit or a scaffold licence when erecting the scaffold on public highway?

Yes, we have to have a licence for our scaffolding to be used on the public highway and generally speaking its better that the scaffold contractor deals with the local authorities to speed up the process.