Can I remove or alter the scaffolding myself?
The scaffolders in Swansea we use to provide a safe and secure platform for individuals working at heights. They are frequently used on construction sites and home remodelling projects to facilitate access to ceilings and building facades. Once the job is completed, and the scaffolding is removed, special care must be taken to complete the job safely.
Designing, erecting, changing, and dismantling scaffolds should only be done by qualified individuals, and the work should always be carried out under the supervision of an appropriately qualified supervisor. You must hire a builder or scaffolding contractor who has been trained and proven to be competent in installing scaffolding. It implies that they must possess the necessary skills, experience, and knowledge to manage health and safety issues effectively. Such activities shall be carried out exclusively by experienced and trained personnel selected by the competent person. The person should be capable of identifying existing and predictable hazards in the surrounding environment or working conditions that are unsanitary, hazardous, or dangerous to employees and taking prompt corrective action to eliminate them.
The risk of scaffolding demolition is greater than the risk of scaffolding erection. Before removing any scaffolding, it is necessary to develop a demolition plan that is tailored to the specific conditions of the scaffolding removal project in question. Construction workers who dismantle scaffolding must adhere to the program and consider the following scaffolding removal safety precautions. Before dismantling the scaffolding, the team should ensure that it complies with all applicable safety standards. Based on inspection results, it’s possible to implement the particular construction plan only if approved by both the company’s safety management department and its supervisory engineer. The person in charge of the demolition project must assemble all necessary resources before starting the demolition. It is required that all demolition workers be given a written safety technical confession following the particular construction plan and safety technical operation rules. During the demolition operation, a competent person will be in charge of coordinating the efforts of everyone involved. From top to bottom, the scaffolding must be dismantled one piece at a time. It is strictly forbidden to operate the up and down buttons simultaneously. The scaffolding must be used to remove the connecting wall sections one at a time. Dismantling the scaffolding before removing any connecting wall parts is a serious no-no. When areas and facades are demolished, a technical scheme must be developed. Before demolition, reliable reinforcement measures must be taken at both ends of the scaffold that will not be demolished. The demolition operation must be conducted strictly following the special construction plan and the regulations governing safe technical operation. Furthermore, illegal command and function are strictly prohibited.
Scaffolders face a unique set of hazards due to their work at height. Builders and scaffolding companies require insurance to cover these risks, including public liability insurance to cover any injury to the public caused by falling items from the scaffold and employers’ liability insurance to cover their employees who are injured while working at height. Before they begin work, it is worthwhile to verify that they have this insurance in place.
Our team of scaffolders in Swansea can assist you in ensuring that your scaffolding complies with the regulations.