What are the benefits to Independent Scaffolding Inspections?
Here at RG Scaffolding-Solihull | Birmingham Scaffold Hire, we know that the main requirement of scaffolding is that it needs to be inspected after it has been erected and prior to being used for the first time. Scaffolds used as working platforms should then be inspected at least weekly and after any adverse weather conditions or any other circumstance which could impact in some way on the safety or integrity of the scaffolding. If scaffolding that forms a working platform hasn’t been formally inspected in the last 7 days, then it shouldn’t be used until an inspection has been carried out.
The Work at Height Regulations 2005 specify that scaffolding should be inspected by a competent person and it is not unusual for scaffolding suppliers to undertake inspection duties on the scaffold user’s behalf. However, it is important to note that the scaffolding hirer maintain the statutory duty to ensure that the scaffold is inspected in accordance with the Regulations.
Whilst scaffolding inspections can be carried out ‘in-house’, there are clear benefits to commissioning independent inspections. An independent inspector from a reputable provider will be highly trained and experienced. For example, all of RG Scaffolding’s Inspectors are CISRS qualified Scaffolders who hold, or who are working towards professional health and safety qualifications, who are also holders of CISRS SITS qualifications.
RG Scaffolding carries out an increasing number of ‘ad-hoc’ or ‘reassurance’ scaffold inspections (frequencies vary and are usually random, fortnightly or monthly) and our clients feedback to us that this gives them reassurance that that their routine inspections are sufficiently robust and helps them fulfil due diligence requirements in terms of ‘checking the checker’. Additionally, impartiality and objectivity is guaranteed and the inspection is based purely on compliance with industry and statutory requirements and/or any design schemes that are in place.
Our RG Scaffolding-Solihull service can be tailored to meet the needs of clients of all shapes and sizes. Whether you’re a construction business looking for support with scaffolding matters, or a scaffolding provider looking to bolster existing safety and inspection arrangements, contact our team today to find out more about how we can support you!
Let’s Talk About Scaffolding Training
For anyone interested in the construction industry, young adults leaving school at 18, It is possible to start a career in scaffolding at entry level, as a scaffolding labourer or trainee, without formal qualifications but ongoing training and industry recognised qualifications are key to progression within the industry.
With the right experience, training and qualifications, there are lots of opportunities to progress within a career in scaffolding, as well as the flexibility to work in different parts of the world. The UK scaffolding sector is made up of thousands of businesses of all shapes and sizes and many of these are owned and managed by qualified Scaffolders, who started out labouring or driving and who have since progressed through the ranks to own their own businesses.
By a considerable distance, the most widely recognised UK qualification scheme for Scaffolders is the Construction Industry Scaffolders’ Record Scheme (CISRS). CISRS is widely regarded as the world’s most highly reputed scaffolding competence scheme, and it includes qualifications for Labourers, Scaffolders, Supervisors and Inspectors. Here are some of the key steps you can take to make sure you get the most out of your training, and benefit from opportunities that arise.
Choose the Right Course
The best tip for anyone looking to be enrolling on a course is, you want to make sure that the training you will receive is of a high standard and will lead to relevant and recognised qualifications. You can ask Ricki of RG Scaffolding-Solihull and your teacher/tutor about the experience with different training providers.
Scaffolding apprenticeships are no longer age-restricted and so anyone who is supported by an employer and embark on a Scaffolding Apprenticeship. However, you should be aware that they now place a large emphasis on English and maths, so you should either have existing English and maths qualifications or be prepared to work to achieve them. If this isn’t something you think you can do, it might be that you choose a different route to become qualified by attending Part 1 and 2 scaffolding courses, completing a Level 2 and NVQ and attending a 1-day skills test.
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