There are certain rules and regulations related to using scaffolding. Let’s have a quick look at them.
When is it required to use scaffolding?
It all depends on the trader to evaluate the risk level and accordingly use proper equipment. Of course, the risk of fixing a broken tile on the low roof is not same as installing solar panels 10 stories up. So it depends on the job and the risk associated with it. The traders also require ensuring that their staffs remain safe while working on your property. It is good to work from the ground, if feasible. But if they need to work at high altitude, it is absolutely required to lower the risk of falling by using scaffolding.
What type of scaffolding do they need to use?
Usually scaffolding required to be used for a residential property needs to follow the standard structure while supported scaffolding is constructed from the base upwards to a particular design. But if using a standard configuration is not possible, the contractor should create a tailored design ensuring rigidity, strength and stability of the building when it is constructed, used and dismantled. It is up to the trader which design to be used.
When is it needed to have a licence?
If the builder or the trader puts up the structure within your property’s boundary, you don’t need any licence. But if any part of the scaffolding structure has to go on the road or pavement outside your premises, it is needed to have a licence from the local council. Though the onus is theirs to get the licence, you must check whether or not they have required paperwork. If the job may impose any risk to the public, you should schedule it for quiet times. You can also get a highway closure from local council.
Who are entitled to put up scaffolding?
Only a proficient and trained Scaffolding Eastbourne
contractor or a builder can put up scaffolding. They should have needed expertise, experience and knowledge to handle the health and safety issues effectively. Your scaffolding contractor must have proper authorization as well.
When do you need to check the safety features of the scaffolding?
It is required by law to check the scaffolding to ensure that it is safe. Here is when you need to check it.
- Before it is being used for the first time
- Every week when it is up
- After any sort of extreme weather condition, damage or alteration
Is it required to have insurance?
Scaffolders often face risks owing to working at height. Scaffolding Crawley
contractors as well as the builders should have proper insurance covering those risks. The insurance should include public liability insurance covering any injury to any person caused by falling any item from the scaffold. It should also include employer’s liability insurance covering the scaffolding staffs in case they get injured while working on scaffolds. And as a hirer you should check if the builder or the contractor has needed insurance in place. Check it beforehand.