Cambridge Scaffold - The Legal Framework For Its Use

Cambridge scaffold erections are not an uncommon sight in a city that has a high proportion of older buildings requiring renovation and repair. Equally, the city has grown exponentially in terms of its economy over the last century, resulting in the need for increased new build offices, industrial units, retail outlets, and homes, for instance. Whether you are a homeowner planning a loft extension or a contractor engaged on a large scale building project, you are likely to require Cambridge scaffolding services to complete the job. But, what are the legal responsibilities surrounding the use of such equipment and what should you expect your scaffolding provider to know?

Safe Use Of Cambridge Scaffolding And Who Is Responsible

There is no doubt that working at height involves many risks to those carrying out the project as well as to others working on the site and the public in general. The responsibility for the safe erection, use, and dismantling of scaffolding is a responsibility jointly borne, not only by firms providing scaffolding hire Cambridgeshire and beyond, but also by their clients and others involved in the project. There is legislation in place to help prevent accidents, and you should expect your scaffolding contractor to be fully aware of, and compliant with, this regime. This includes the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and subsequent regulations; the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 1994; the Construction (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1996; and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations of 1999. While this framework all sounds complex – and indeed, should be taken extremely seriously – what it all boils down to is that any use of scaffolding on site must be properly planned and executed. This helps ensure that risks are minimised, and the work is carried out under safe conditions. No one involved, from the scaffolding Hertfordshire or scaffolding hire Cambridge based firm to planning supervisors and project managers on the end client, wants accidents to occur. Apart from the human factor, such incidents can cost dearly in terms of reputation, not to mention financially. They could also delay or even stop work on a project altogether. But who is considered at risk when Cambridge scaffold is in place and what can be done to mitigate the possibility of accidents?

Protection Of The Public And Others When Scaffolding In Cambridge Is Required

Clearly, the obvious individuals at risk of accidents are the workers who are using the scaffolding in Cambridge. For this reason, there are a number of measures that need to be in place, and this involves planning ahead, before the scaffolding is even erected. For example, all employees must be trained and experienced in the use of this equipment. Direct supervision by a competent person, such as an ‘Advanced Scaffolder’, should be in place, especially if workers don’t hold full qualifications in scaffolding operations. Safe ladder access and boarded-out platforms for secure working must be fitted during installation. Single or double guard rails and toe boards must also be installed in all appropriate areas to help prevent falls. Additionally, all scaffolders must wear safety harnesses at all times while operating on the apparatus. These are just a sample of the requirements that need to be met, emphasising the importance of everyone on the site being fully familiar with the legislation in place. But that’s not all: the general public need to be protected from harm too, and a responsible contractor will take active measures to do so. This might include ensuring permission is granted to close off the pavement or street surrounding while work is being carried out. Operating at quieter times, such as early mornings or evenings may be necessary; and ensuring that heavy materials are not lifted or lowered directly over public access areas are additional safety measures. You’ll find that quality firms like Royston Scaffolding are fully aware of and compliant with all their responsibilities when it comes to scaffolding Cambridge wide operations.

For Safe And Compliant Cambridge Scaffold, Contact The Expert Team At Royston Scaffolding

At Royston Scaffolding, we’re pleased to be able to say that much of our Cambridge scaffold work is sourced through word of mouth recommendation, an indication of the high esteem in which we’re held. Registered with the Construction Industry Training Board, we employ only fully qualified and experienced scaffolders and put immense pride into the quality of our customer service. For enquiries on Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Essex, or Cambridge scaffolding, head to our website at, where you will find our contact form and details of just some of our previous projects. Alternatively, call us on 01223 636 839 or 0208 003 3239, or by mobile: 07768 815539.