The scaffolding hire experts at N T Rix have listed down a few dos and don’ts that we urge our Dover clients to read and adhere to, whether it’s their first time making use of domestic scaffolding hire or commercial scaffolding hire, or they’ve done so before. While not exhaustive, these are a few easy and important ways to minimise the chances you’ll experience an unfortunate accident (which when working at height could be fatal).
Do wear the right safety gear. Whether it’s domestic scaffolding for some minor property renovation work, or a huge commercial scaffolding structure for a long-term Dover construction project, wear a hard hat when working on or under it. A good, solid pair of work boots with non-slip soles is also good idea, as they’ll reduce the chance you’ll slip and fall off the scaffold. The rest of the equipment you wear should really suit the project. Gloves if you’re going to be hammering or sawing anything during your scaffolding hire tenure would be smart, for example.
Do wait for inspection before use. A competent, qualified scaffolder should thoroughly inspect your scaffolding before you begin to use it, to ensure that it’s safe and won’t put your life in danger. You should also call in our Dover-based domestic scaffolding / commercial scaffolding hire experts to re-inspect the scaffold following spates of very bad weather, or if you suspect the scaffolding has been vandalised. This way we can determine whether its structural integrity has been compromised, and make adjustments to ensure the scaffolding hire solution we’ve provided is a safe one.
Do pay attention to your surroundings. Homeowners and companies who’ve made use of scaffolding hire a number of times can feel very at ease when working on them. That’s a positive thing, but it’s important to stay focused and not relax too much. Keep an eye on those working around you, as well as those who might be moving under or around the scaffolding. There have been a number of accidents in Dover over the years where experienced persons working on scaffolds have caused injury to themselves or others because they’ve neglected to pay attention to their surroundings.
Don’t leave things on the scaffold. Once you’ve finished up work for the day, pack away all tools and materials. If you leave either on a scaffold, you risk them blowing off with a strong gust of wind. This could seriously hurt someone or cause property damage that you’re liable to pay for. The next thing you know, your scaffolding hire has turned out to be a bit more expensive than planned!
Don’t overload the structure. The domestic scaffolding and commercial scaffolding structures we design and build for our Dover clients are tailored to their requirements, but there’s always going to be a maximum load that they can take. We’ll tell you exactly what this load is so you’re fully aware of the structures limitations. Whatever you do, don’t overload your scaffolding. It’s true that structures can generally take a lot of weight, but when they collapse it can be devastating, both to people and surrounding property. This is why the scaffolding hire industry has so many rules and regulations they need to abide by, and why scaffolders must always be trained professionals.
Don’t use a slippery scaffold. If Dover has been experiencing heavy rain or snowfall, then it’s likely your scaffolding is wet and slippery. Wait for it to dry, or if you can easily access lower levels, dry them by hand before mounting it. A slippery scaffold is obviously a lot more treacherous than a dry one, and you don’t want to increase the chance you’ll have an accident.
Don’t stand on objects to access out-of-reach areas. Instead, call in our domestic scaffolding and commercial scaffolding team. If your structure is too short, we’ll adjust it so it allows access to higher points. Standing on a box or bricks while on a scaffold, for example, is extremely dangerous and at the very best, a reckless, short-term solution. As we’re based in Dover, we’ll be able to attend to your scaffold extremely quickly, so you won’t be put at too much of an inconvenience. It’s rare our clients ever need us to adjust their scaffolding, however. We take care in the design phase to ensure the structure will serve its purpose properly.