Many independent builders are investing in their own scaffolding. Though it is not difficult to locate a reputable company to purchase the scaffolding (i.e. SafeSmart), there is a bit more to knowing and implementing the proper steps to safely erect the scaffolding. The scaffolding needs to be set up fit for its intended purpose. You could have high quality scaffolding but still run in to problems if you do not correctly install it.
In an effort to reduce injuries in the scaffolding business there are a number of safety regulations in place.
Are you current on your knowledge of what these regulations are? Are you certified?
If a person or item can fall more than 5m from a scaffold, New Zealand regulations of certification must be followed. There are different types of certificate classes - these are Basic Scaffolding, Suspended Scaffolding and Advanced Scaffolding. To get a certificate of competency one should have a verified record of what experience they have. This will affect the extent of the assessment. Questions asked may include questions about site hazards, tools and equipment, general scaffold requirements and the associated equipment. There will also be a calculation where you are given information and will need to know which equipment to use or the proper way of conducting a job.
If you are a builder but not a certified scaffolder, you can choose to have scaffolders erect scaff systems for you. It is good to know that there are knowledgeable certified scaffolding services that have your total safety as a priority and guarantee their work.