If you are in charge of a construction site or have some other kind of responsibility managing people who work at heights, then you will be responsible for their safety. In order for people to have their safety reasonably assured when they work at heights, a system for secure scaffolding is required to be installed and audited.
Because of the vast array of obvious safety hazards that come with heavy tools/equipment and the forces of gravity, there is a lot of check and balances that need to be satisfied when it comes to installing and using scaffoldings. While all of these liability controls can seem cumbersome and frustrate the progress of construction, they are ultimately necessary in order to protect everyone on the site and avoid messy legal situations where culpability needs to be determined.
You want to make sure that you only source your set of scaffolding from a reputable provider who has decades of experience behind them. This will be highly beneficial for you and your team when you hire the ideal set of scaffolding from a trusted provider.
1. Examine different provider websites
The first place to start a look for a scaffolding provider is the world wide web. Simply open up your preferred search engine and type in your query. You should get a list of dozens of websites that you can visit and check the quality of.
Take a look at their ‘information’ section to learn more about how they work and the kind of offers they provide. You want to make sure their values and principles match up with your own and that of your team.
They should care about providing quality to their customers and ensuring that all of their products get used safely.
Also, the website needs to be clean and functional. If their created website is of poor quality and runs slowly then you can assume the business won’t be too switched on either.
2. Find the offer that has the best value
The next step is to compare all of the different online offers you have looked at and select one that is appropriate to your budget. You want to make sure that you get something safe and reliable that gives your workers the access they need to do their job safely. Even if the scaffolding is erected and maintained properly, it would still be negligent for you to hire a platform that was no adequate for your worker’s needs as they may cut corners to make it work for them. You job is to make sure that your workers don’t feel tempted to break the rules because you have made following the rules simply and easy.
3. Talk to the scaffolding provider on the phone (or in person)
Having a live conversation with the scaffolding provider, either in person or over the phone, will help you alleviate any lingering concerns or questions you may have. It will give you a chance to ask questions on behalf of your workers who some specific things may have they need clarified before they get to work with the platform.
If they come as rude, then you should stop talking to them and take your business elsewhere. It’s not like there aren’t heaps of identical scaffolding providers out there who are all equally passionate about providing temporary platforming.
There you have it, 3 steps to follow when you’re trying to source a supplier of scaffolding for your job.