21 December, 2023
When it comes to building work, scaffolding is essential for providing a safe and secure structure to work from. However, it’s vital that scaffolding is meticulously erected and done so with the utmost consideration for safety.
When it comes to putting up domestic scaffolding, there are certain rules that should be followed. Whether you’re considering putting up scaffolding yourself or hiring someone to do it for you, it’s important that these rules are followed. Read on below as we discuss what some of these are and what they involve.
Using a Competent Contractor
Whilst it is possible for anyone to hire scaffolding, in the UK, the design, erection and dismantling of scaffolding must be undertaken by a competent professional. This is likely to be a builder or scaffolding contractor.
In order to show their competence, this person should hold a valid Construction Industry Record Scheme (CISRS) Card, although it is up to you or your trader (if you are having work done on your property that you aren’t carrying out yourself) to check this beforehand.
Obtaining a Licence
If the scaffolding will be erected on your own property, then no permission or licence will be required. However, if any part of the scaffolding leaves your property boundary line, then you will need permission and/or a licence.
For example, if you have a shared driveway or the scaffolding will access a shared property wall, then you will need consent from the necessary property owner in order to have scaffolding erected in these areas.
As for if the scaffolding goes onto the pavement or road outside of your property, then your builder/scaffolding contractor will need to obtain a licence from your local council before putting it up. It is then your responsibility to check that they have the right legal documentation permitting them to erect the scaffolding and that it doesn’t run out before the scaffolding will be taken down.
By law, scaffolding must be checked to make sure that it’s safe. It must be checked:
- Before its first use
- Every seven days while it’s up
- After any alterations, damage or extreme weather conditions
Reliable Scaffolding Hire
Are you in need of scaffolding for your next project? From scaffolding tubes to acrow props, we’ve got all the necessary scaffolding equipment and accessories for hire that you could need here at TJR Scaffolding Ltd.
We also offer labour services, being able to supply fully insured, competent and experienced scaffolders to erect your scaffolding for you.