Some of the people who visit us looking for construction supplies and scaffolding equipment, and those from the domestic sector in particular, ask our advice on when they have to use a tower. Some believe the law prohibits work at height using a ladder or a stepladder, but this isn’t true. In fact, many builders carry out low-risk work on ladders, or on trestles with scaffold boards laid across them to make a platform. Our yard in Guildford stocks trestles and boards.
We also have a full supporting range of scaffolding supplies available, including fixtures, fittings, edge protection from SmartGuard®, temporary fencing and safety equipment.
It is up to you, or your contractor if you plan to use one, to assess the risk involved and to provide the job with suitable construction supplies and scaffolding equipment as needed. Realistically, building a tower to replace a couple of tiles on a porch roof in Guildford, and having to absorb the associated costs of buying or hiring scaffolding supplies, isn’t a good business or economical choice for a tradesman.
A ladder, a stepladder or scaffold boards on builder’s trestles will allow work to proceed from floor level with minimal risk of injury should an operative fall. A contractor might still use temporary fencing when working at low-level heights to keep others away from the ladder or platform base.
Work on a domestic property with one or two storeys requires a standard structure known as supported scaffolding. Supplies for this type of build include scaffold boards, tubes, couplers, base plates and toe boards. Erected from the ground up, this type of scaffolding follows a set design. It is important to remember, however, that not all properties in the Guildford area have a simple layout. Some have curved shapes, while others have complex architecture at peculiar angles.
Under such circumstances, the tradesman uses construction supplies and scaffolding equipment as part of a bespoke design that includes making mathematical calculations to determine strength and stability. A good scaffolder will always know the best design for a particular style of building.
Any scaffold built within the boundary of your own property, either by you or by a contractor, will not need approval. If part of the scaffold extends onto an adjacent pavement or road, you will need a licence from Guildford Borough Council. Wherever possible, the contractor in charge of the job should block access to towers using barriers and temporary fencing.
For work on domestic properties, it is the person using the scaffolding equipment who is responsible for maintaining safety standards. The rules differ when the job is for anybody who needs construction work carried out as a part of their own business. This will usually cover general builders, developers, estate agents and letting agents, but there are many other trades and industries to which this applies.
Under the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015, the company having the work undertaken in the Guildford area carries the responsibility for site safety.
This is why these companies usually prefer to arrange their construction supplies, and their scaffold boards, tubes, scaffolding equipment and temporary fencing, personally. To erect equipment and scaffolding supplies, a tradesman must have the appropriate skills, knowledge and safety training.
Scaffolding contractors must also carry a valid CISRS card and perform a safety inspection every 7 days.