When is scaffolding necessary?
Your trader is responsible for determining the level of risk and using the right tools. It wouldn’t be comparable to placing solar panels 20 floors up to fix a single damaged tile on a small roof. It depends on the specific type of work you conduct and the degree of danger involved.
Traders must make sure their employees are secure when working on their property. If at all possible, this entails working on the ground. If they must work at a height, they must reduce their danger of falling by employing scaffolding or already-existing safe roof areas.
What kind of scaffolding are they going to need?
The majority of scaffolding used around residential properties will adhere to a predetermined, typical structure. A set design is followed as supported scaffolding is constructed from the bottom up.
To ensure the strength, stiffness, and stability of the structure while it is being erected, utilised, and dismantled, a qualified person – either a scaffold contractor or designer – must develop a bespoke design if it is not possible to use a simple standard arrangement. Your trader will be able to tell if this is required.
Do I require a licence?
There is no need for a licence if your builder or scaffolder has to erect scaffolding inside the perimeter of your property. However, your builder or scaffolder in Swansea must obtain a licence from the Swansea council if any portion of the scaffolding needs to be placed on a public sidewalk or the road in front of your property. They are in charge of getting the licence, but it is your job to make sure they have the necessary documentation.
You must plan scaffolding work for quiet hours or request a highway closure from your local government if there is a risk to the general public.
Who is in charge of maintaining health and safety?
The builder, scaffolder, or contractor utilising the scaffolding is in charge of ensuring site safety for work done on your property that is NOT related to any business.
However, there are various rules for people, partnerships, and businesses that conduct construction work as part of their line of employment. This covers companies that manage domestic properties, such as landlords, rental agencies, or estate agents, as well as real estate developers. According to the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015, their primary duty is to ensure that their project is properly managed, protecting the health and safety of anybody who might be impacted by the work, including the general public.
Who can erect scaffolding?
You must hire a builder or scaffolding specialist who is qualified to erect scaffolding. They must, therefore, possess the required training, expertise, and information to manage health and safety. A competent scaffolder will possess a current Construction Industry Record Scheme (CISRS) Card; it is the responsibility of your trader to confirm this individual is qualified before any work is started.
When should the safety of a scaffold be checked?
According to the law, the person who rents or uses the scaffolding must inspect it to ensure its safety.
- Before their initial use
- When it is up, every 7 days.
- Following modifications, damage, or adverse weather.
Due to their job at a height, scaffolders confront a particular set of risks. Builders or scaffolding companies need insurance that covers those risks, including employers’ liability insurance to protect their staff if they sustain an injury while working at heights and public liability insurance to cover any injuries to the public brought on by falling objects from the scaffold. Before beginning work, it is important to confirm that they have this insurance in place.