The Challenges of Bespoke Scaffolding
Scaffolding is an industry that poses challenges and risks that do not apply to any other jobs or vocations, which is one of the reasons as to why it is such a specialist line of work. Bespoke scaffolding, however, offers up a number of challenges that keep even the most experienced of scaffolders on their toes. In their latest blog post, Safeway Scaffolding outlines the many different obstacles that bespoke scaffolding projects present.
Size and Scale
As per the nature of bespoke scaffolding, this line of work usually takes place on buildings of a grander scale, heightening the challenges of scaffolding in general. When working at height, scaffolders are more susceptible to stronger winds and harsher conditions, as well as carrying out their work at a precarious height.
Although the standards and practices of scaffolding have been developed over a number of years to prioritise the safety of scaffolders, with bespoke scaffolding, there a number of new threats to their health and wellbeing. By being placed on abnormal structures, usually at a greater height, it is important to ensure the health and safety of everyone on site. As bespoke scaffolding structures can overhang and wrap around buildings, it is important for every worker to be strapped on and to be completely familiar with the safety protocols for each and every job.
No Rule Book
With domestic and commercial scaffolding projects, there is typically a tried and tested strategy to adopt for these projects. However, as bespoke scaffolding is specific to projects of an unusual nature, there is no rule book to follow. Unlike many other professions, scaffolding is not a ‘one size fits all’ industry, and with bespoke scaffolding, it falls down to the knowledge and experience of scaffolders to be able to carry out the work safely and efficiently.