If you’re new to the world of scaffolding, you may not be sure exactly what role scaffolders will play in your upcoming project. As a customer-focused scaffolding company, we pride ourselves on clear and honest communication. This is why we have dedicated this page to outlining what our scaffolding contractors do and why this role is so important.
Operating out of Abingdon, we cover all surrounding areas. This includes Didcot, Faringdon, Henley, Oxford, Reading and Thame. As long-standing, locally trusted specialists, we have the resources and manpower to undertake domestic and commercial scaffolding work of any size across Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.
As your scaffolders of choice, we design and assemble a scaffold structure at your property or construction site. In many cases, this framework provides a raised platform for your contractors to carry out their best work in hard-to-reach areas.
But not all scaffolds provide working platforms. When undertaking shoring works, our scaffolding company creates structures that temporarily support a building in danger of collapse. This allows your contractors to carry out the necessary repair work in a safe environment.
As the property owner or project manager, you are responsible for ensuring a competent person assembles your scaffold. This ensures it has the stability, strength and rigidity to withstand the demands of your project.
Fortunately, it’s easy to identify competent scaffolders. Of course, practical experience is invaluable. For example, we have been operating as a scaffolding company in areas like Abingdon, Didcot, Faringdon and Henley since 1993. Our management team alone shares over 50 years of experience while our associates have another 50 years between them too.
As a safety-critical service, trade qualifications are equally as important. These show that scaffolding contractors have undergone external assessment to industry-leading standards.
When choosing scaffolders for your project in Oxford, Reading, Thame or the surrounding areas, you should look for:
CISRS Card – For more than 40 years, CIRSRS, or the Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme, has held status as the industry-recognised scaffold training scheme. CISRS is the favoured scaffolding qualification of major organisations like NASC, CSCS, HSE, UNITE and Build UK. This qualification is also preferred by market-leading scaffold system manufacturers.
CITB Training – The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) is the industry training board for the construction sector. This non-departmental public body focuses on supporting skills development to help raise standards in the construction industry. This includes specialist training schemes for scaffolding contractors.
You can rest assured, the personnel at our scaffolding company hold CISRS cards and have undergone CITB training. For the latter, our scaffolders have completed a mix of part 1, part 2 and advanced level training modules.
The scaffolding industry is one of the most heavily regulated in the UK. You can be sure that the scaffolders at Oxford Blue Scaffolding fully comply with all relevant guidelines, regulations and laws. From Abingdon to Didcot, and from Faringdon to Henley, this ensures we build safe, strong and reliable structures for any domestic or commercial requirement.
Our scaffolding contractors adhere to an extensive list of regulations. As such, we can’t cover them all here. However, some of the most essential aspects of scaffold safety include:
When using fixed scaffolds in Oxford, Reading, Thame and the surrounding areas, our scaffolders work in strict adherence with the NASC document SG4:15. This is titled ‘Preventing Falls in Scaffolding’.
Like any reputable scaffolding company, our structures also comply with TG20:13 standards. This document is titled ‘Good Practice for Tube and Fitting Scaffolding’.
Work at Height Regulations 2005
These regulations are the cornerstone for all scaffolding services. They apply to work which holds an inherent risk of someone falling from height and suffering an injury. Those controlling the work at height activity have the responsibility to ensure it complies with these safety guidelines. As your scaffolding contractors, that means us.
Whether in Abingdon, Didcot, Faringdon, Henley or any nearby location, our scaffolding company fulfils a range of tasks. These include, planning and organising the work at height, ensuring the competence of scaffolders, carrying out risk assessments, inspecting and maintaining equipment and managing risks on or near fragile surfaces.
Regular inspections ensure the structures we assemble in areas like Oxford, Reading and Thame continually adhere to the relevant safety standards.
Our scaffolding contractors undertake inspections immediately after assembly. We then hand over a signed certificate for use. You must also have your structure inspected every 7 days thereafter and following events that may compromise safety, such as bad weather.
As SSSTS advanced scaffold inspectors, our scaffolding company carries out inspections as an additional service.