Our services include straightforward scaffolding, access towers, gantries, shoring, temporary roofing and edge protection. These enable front and side scaffolding for houses such as, painting, extensions, chimney stack or roof repairs, through to more complex structures on large housing developments.
Rules and Regulations
Here, the RG Scaffolding team from Birmingham look at the regulations around using scaffolding for houses, what you and your trader need to know. There is a common misconception that ladders and stepladders are banned when traders work at height, but the law recognises that low-risk situations do not require scaffolding. It is a matter of using common sense.
When do you need Scaffolding for Houses?
It’s up to you when you assess the level of risk and what appropriate equipment will be needed for the job. Fixing a single broken tile on a low roof would not be the same as installing solar panels 20 stories up on a High-Rise Flat. It all depends on the work that you’re doing and the level of risk it involves.
Workers do need to ensure their staff are safe as they work on the property, which means working from the ground if possible. If workers need to work at height, they must minimise the risk of falling by using existing safe roof areas or scaffolding.
What will I need?
Most scaffolding structures around housing properties will follow an established, standard structure. Supported scaffold is built from the base upwards to a set design. However, if it isn’t possible – a scaffold designer must create a bespoke scaffolding structure to ensure it holds the strength and stability of all its workers.
Who is Responsible for Health and Safety on a Scaffold Site?
Rules and Regulations are different for individuals or companies that have construction work being carried out. This includes property developers and companies managing domestic properties like Landlords, rental agents and estate agents.
Ricki Grenfell, owner of RG Scaffolding states: that their main responsibility is to make sure their project is suitably managed, ensuring the health and safety of anyone who might be affected by the work, including general public
Scaffolders face a unique set of risks due to working at height. Builders or scaffolding firms need insurance that covers those risks, including public liability insurance to cover any injury to the public caused by falling items from the scaffold as well as employers’ liability insurance to cover their people if they are injured while working at height. It is worth checking that they have this insurance in place, before starting work.