Five Activities That Require Scaffolding

Chances are, you pass by at least a dozen scaffolding structures on your commute to and from work every day.

We see them so often that we barely take note of them – but who are they for and why do they need them?

There are a handful of jobs and activities within construction that require scaffolding for safety and accessibility reasons because, as discussed in our post ‘When Do You Need Scaffolding?‘, it has many purposes.

Scaffolding for Home Improvements

When a homeowner or landlord decides that they want to extend their kitchen, convert their loft or replace their rundown roof, more often than not they will require scaffolding to be erected in order for the work to be completed.

Construction workers may need access towers to reach the roof, or work platforms to make their job more comfortable and to get the work completed a lot quicker.

Domestic construction projects do not always need scaffolding; however, if you are unsure as to whether you need it for your job then give us a call on 0121 348 7810 and we can advise you further.

Scaffolding for Painters and Decorators

Painters can be expected to work at substantial heights for their job which means that scaffolding is important for keeping them safe and providing a secure work platform.

They need to be able to place their tools and equipment by them as they work and move around the site with ease and safe access to all areas of the building.

Scaffolding for Building Repairs

When maintenance work is being carried out on a building (typically this is the gutter or roof), there is an increased risk of injury due to the faults that are being repaired. This could be surfaces that are not stable, tiles that are loose and structures that are at risk of falling.

Hence, scaffolding can help reduce these risks by providing a safe surface and area for work to be carried out.

Scaffolding for Window Cleaners

Cleaning windows of larger commercial buildings, such as office blocks, hotels and retail stores, will require more than a ladder. Windows can often be found as high as twenty storeys and puts window cleaners at risk of falling from a fatal height.

Scaffolding is one way of ensuring their safety and enabling them to carry out their job with ease and comfort.

Scaffolding for Building Inspections

Building inspections include checking the credibility and safety of buildings and structures. This inspection requires safety equipment to be installed such as scaffolding since it often involves reviewing the infrastructure’s various parts that can be located hundreds of metres above the ground. Additionally, you have to remember that the scaffold installed should adhere to safety standards.


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