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14 Trade Associations - SA Scaffolding Association Interview with CEO, Robert Candy. 16 Trade Associations NASC TG20:13 eGuide upgraded & NASC publishes new safety guidance.


19 Industrial Altrad becomes largest industrial service provider.

27 Awards Godiva & Martin Scaffolding receive awards.

23 Business Camo Group launches, Mercer bags Leicester Square project & Presco under new ownership.

28 Events SpanSet & Simian showcase solutions for the scaffolding industry.

SPOTLIGHT 30 Inspirational Scaffolder Down’s Syndrome scaffolder. 32 The Unlikely Lads OPINION 36 Benefits of joining a Trade Association Andrew Kitley takes a look at what membership offers.




40 Jobs Manchester tops leaderboard & HS2 will support a ton of jobs by 2020.

42 Are Imported Materials Safe? Robin James explains how the NASC are tackling the issue.

46 Mental Health The Power Of ‘Are You OK?’ 48 HAKI Interview NEW CEO Thomas Schüller showcases HAKI’s bright future.

CONTRIBUTORS HEALTH & SAFETY NASC - Robin James 52 Lone Working & Simian Risk - Ian Fyall GKR Scaffolding Ltd - Lee Roswell Managing Risk HCL Safety Ltd - Matthew Bailey


56 New Tube Lifting Clamp 57 Ladder Shield 58 VR Design & Safety 59 Vertimax PROJECT REPORTS 64 MR Scaffolding Services

66 66 Palmers Scaffolding 68 Layher UK 70 Lyndon Scaffolding

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o, you have worked to SG4 and erected a compliant scaffold to current industry standards – but are the fittings, boards and tubes you’ve used to erect that perfect job actually safe? This very question has been highlighted after a recent and alarming safety alert was raised jointly by construction firms Kier and BAM, over a batch of defective double couplers that has sent shock waves in its wake across the scaffolding and access industry. In this – the largest issue of ScaffMag to date – we ask guest contributor, NASC MD Robin James, about what UK product control measures, if any, are in-place to prevent this from happening and if imported scaffolding and access equipment are deemed safe to use (see page 42). Following on from our Summer edition that focused on the increasing uptake of system scaffolding, in this issue Richard Trenchard gains an exclusive interview with the new Haki CEO Thomas Schüller, finding out how his first few months have been and what his aims and aspirations in steering the global manufacturing company are going forward (see page 48).

folding Association has seen huge success in attracting new members over the last five years. Now boasting it has become the largest representative body, we ask The Scaffolding Association’s Chief Executive Robert Candy how much influence do they really have on the scaffolding trade? And what developments can we expect to see in the coming months? Read the fascinating full interview on page 14 to find out. Do you have some interesting news that you would like to be featured in our next issue? Why not drop me a line? Happy reading!

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Also in this issue In addition to our regular informative sections, Andrew Kitley gives us his opinion on the benefits of joining a trade association and answers the question ‘what’s the point them?’ (see page 36). Furthermore, the relatively new trade body The

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Safety Alert Issued Over Dodgy Doubles A

health & safety alert has been issued jointly by construction firms Kier and BAM (KBJV) over defective double coupler scaffold fittings. The KBJV safety alert has pointed out an incident when scaffolders were erecting a handrail using tube and fittings that a drop forged double coupler failed when tightened. The coupler was immediately replaced, quarantined and reported by a member of the Kier BAM scaffold team. The alert continues to read that on initial inspection the coupler had sheared at the gate hinge pin lug. Further inspections took place on random couplers contained in their recent batch delivered to site and it was identified that a number of similar and additional defects were present

WATA Training Falls into Administration A

leading scaffolding training provider has ceased trading leaving many scaffolders deeply concerned they will be left out of pocket. According to sources, the Cambridgeshire based training firm West Anglian Training Association Ltd (WATA) unexpectedly fell into administration on the 17th October. WATA provided a broad range of training including scaffolding, health,

safety and environmental, quality management, electrical and mechanical skills training. Many people who had already booked and paid for courses were informed with a phone call from WATA explaining the position of the business and that all courses had been cancelled. Paul Oldfield who had paid WATA £1,200 was due to start his CISRS Part 1 Course on the 29th said: “I got

that included incorrectly positioned lug holes, incorrectly tapped nut threads, incorrectly dyed bolts threads and missing and bent washers. KBJV claim the couplers were supplied by Altrad Beaver84 and manufactured in China. Markings on the couplers seem to be correct stating EN741 Class BL. An investigation is now underway by both KBJV and the supplier.

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Quarantine all tube and fitting scaffold pending visual inspection. Upon visual inspection remove and replace all double couplers with batch number BM0218G. Re-inspect the scaffold and confirm with scaffold foreman.

a phone call from WATA, they told me they had gone into administration and had cancelled all courses. “When I asked for a refund they said they were sending out letters so people could claim. I’m pretty sure I won’t see my money again,” Oldfield added. CISRS Scheme Manager Dave Mosley said: “It was very disappointing to hear that WATA had ceased trading, this was not something we were expecting. We have great sympathy for those who have paid up front for training and may well now lose their money.”

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Interserve Sells Scaffolding & Painting Divisions


nterserve has entered into an agreement to sell its industrial scaffolding and hard services business for £3.6m to Enigma Industrial Services Holdings Ltd. The division being sold provides scaffolding services to housebuilders and other contractors as well as its SIP (Scaffolding, Insulation & Painting) services to large industrial sites. Interserve says the £3.6 million purchase price is

payable upon completion with the potential for a further cash injection of £1 million subject to the business achieving certain financing targets for the financial years 2018 and 2019. The money from the sale will be used to reduce Interserve’s debt. For the year ended 31st December 2017, Interserve Industrial Services Limited (IISL) reported an operating loss

of £4m and had gross assets of £47.3m. The transaction will result in a loss on disposal of £8.4m for Interserve. Together with the closure of IISL power activities earlier this year, this sale concludes Interserve’s exit from its industrial contracting activities. Managing Director, Scott Hardie holds on to his position and will continue to lead the business. Debbie White, Chief Executive Officer at Interserve said: “We are pleased to announce the sale of the access and hard services business as part of Interserve’s strategy to focus on core customer segments.”

Layher Catalogues Brought to Life with Mixed Reality App G

lobal system scaffolding manufacturers Layher have released ‘The Layher App’ with the added benefit of ‘mixed reality’ technology. Mixed reality combines real camera shots with digitally generated scaffolding models. In this process, reality – that means all things that you just see – are supplemented with additional information in the form of 3D scaffolding objects. Available free to download on iOS and Android, the app essentially works in conjunction with the Layher Allround Catalogue. The app user has the ability to scan over specific images within the catalogue with their smartphone camera thus “bringing that element to life in the form of an impressive 3D scaffolding object.” Like magic, Layher products and structures can now be seen in the users actual surroundings. Clever eh? The structures or products can be

manipulated, enlarged and rotated – giving the user a more detailed view of the structures. The news of the app seems to have been well received after Sean Pike, Managing Director at Layher UK announced the launch on Linkedin. Commenting on his post, Helen Gawor,

Business Director at GKR Scaffolding Ltd said: “I’d like to see this Sean. AR, MR and VR will play a huge part in our industry over the next five years in various applications. Congratulations on this development.” More information can be found on the Layher website.

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New Identity Revealed As Allied Scaffolding Rebrands A

llied Access celebrated the launch of its new identity and branding at an event at Manchester United’s football ground – designed to make the industry sit up and take notice. The North West based Allied Access, formerly known as Allied Scaffolding undertook the rebranding event to reflect its changing business. Although scaffolding remains at the heart of the business, mast climbers and hoists will now be a significant part of Allied’s access portfolio. With an increasing number of clients choosing a combined approach, and more complex projects demanding a mix of access solutions, Allied Access will now be ideally placed to offer “a responsive, efficient and

reliable service.” Even though the rebrand event had its important message of Allied’s changing business to communicate, its message to attendees of the event also included something the company believes critically important - Safety. Allied Access said inviting Jason Anker MBE as their keynote speaker was a bold move. Jason’s story is without question polar opposite to being uplifting. Confined to a wheelchair after a fall from an untied ladder, Jason’s mission is to raise awareness and to help prevent what happened to him happening to anyone else. However, there were light-hearted moments at the launch event, provided

by guest speaker Barrie McDermott, Rugby legend and Sky Sports pundit, who entertained guests with his trademark blend of insight and entertainment. Pete Ferris, Allied Access’s Commercial Director said: “Our new identity is bigger, brighter and bolder, reflecting the business we are now and the business we are going to be. The launch event was a great success and it was fantastic to see so many of our clients attend. For some, it was the first time they had heard about our humble origins. “We’ve changed a lot since the early days back in the 1980s, and we’ll continue changing to meet the needs of our clients.”

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New Product From Leach’s offers Better Lifting Safety T

he issue of safely lifting scaffolding materials on site is hoped to be solved by working at height and site safety product manufactures, Leach’s. The innovative BIG BEN Tubelift is a simple but extremely effective tube lifting fitting. Leach’s say the Loler tested TubeLift is a further development in lifting safety, it has been designed as a result of speaking with many scaffolding contractors about issues faced everyday in the process of lifting scaffold tube relying on rope to secure it. The BIG BEN TubeLift has a SWL 50kg, is individually serial numbered and can lift 1, 2 or 3 scaffold tubes at a time.



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HAKI Unveils New Stair Chart F

ollowing the 2018 release of a number of updated versions in its iconic product range, HAKI Scaffolding has released a new Stair Chart PDF – reviewing the full range of its market-leading stair tower systems. The handy one-page PDF chart is designed for all sector users of the HAKI Stair Tower range – which are designed and built by the Swedish manufacturer to meet global working at height regulations simply, safely and adaptably. Suitable applications and sector uses, accurately tested load classes and permissible people per lift are all now included in the useful new chart. Charles Stratford, HAKI UK Engineering Manager said: “There’s a real movement right now to make identification of suitable temporary works equipment easier, including better visibility of the limitations of such equipment.”


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Simian Continues Expansion


imian Risk continues to expand their training reach after signing a memorandum of understanding with Anglesey-based Grwp Llandrillo Menai. The signed agreement (made at the Anglesey Agricultural Show) will enable Simian’s scaffolding training courses to be rolled out at Grwp Llandrillo Menai new world-class training facility. The Construction Infrastructure Skills Training Centre (CIST) will be fully operational and running by early 2019 and represents a £2m investment by Grwp Llandrillo Menai and Welsh Government. Established in 2012, Grwp Llandrillo Menai was formed following the merge of Coleg Llandrillo, Coleg Menai and Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor. With over 27,000 students across Anglesey, Conwy, Denbighshire and Gwynedd.

CEO of Grwp Llandrillo Menai, Dafydd Evans, said of the agreement: “I’m delighted to be working closely with Simian to develop the provision of scaffolding and rigging courses at Llangefni. This can only be good news for the local construction industry.” Managing Director of Simian, Simon Hughes, added: “We are really pleased to be working in partnership with Grwp Llandrillo Menai, who are con-

Rilmac Appoints New Southern Director R

ilmac Scaffolding Ltd has announced the appointment of Paul Wallis in the role of Director – Southern. Wallis will be based at the Rilmac Depot in Northampton and will have responsibility for the whole southern region, including London and the Home Counties. The Northampton Depot has seen impressive growth since opening just over three years ago and Wallis will be looking to grow on the success, overseeing such prestigious projects as the scaffolding for a new student accommodation village at Warwick University. Rilmac says: “Paul has over 30 years’

experience in the scaffolding industry, most recently as General Manager for Hallam Scaffold Ltd. His vast experience and depth of knowledge will be a great addition to the team.” In his free time, Paul is a bit of a petrolhead, driving fast cars and attending many motorsport events. He is hoping to get away from the grid quickly as he settles into his new role!

structing a world-class scaffolding training facility as part of the CIST at the Llangefni campus.”

Upgraded Inspection & Handover Apps Launched


MART Scaffolder has launched the latest update of its innovative SMART Inspector and SMART Handover apps. Developed by CADS, version 4.0 of the ground-breaking scaffolding apps is a major upgrade. The new version now offers enhanced functionality that allows users to record diary notes, photos, audio and video against a scaffold during the weekly inspection or as part of the handover to a client. The apps also now allow users to download a transcript from the recorded audio or the video., enabling recordings of inspection or handover notes audibly via a smart phone or tablet, simply using the app (say on a wet, rain-soaked site). The notes are then transcribed into a document. Ian Chambers, Sales & Marketing Director at SMART Scaffolder said: “We are constantly evolving our market-leading software. V4.0 is a major step change in two of our most popular products.”

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Andrew Smith Assumes New Position At Avontus


s Avontus Software continues to grow, Andrew Smith has assumed the new role of Vice President of Operations. The company says the change will ensure that Avontus continues to deliver the finest pre-sales and post-sales support. In his new role, Andrew will be responsible for the operational and customer-facing areas of the business globally. “Ensuring our customers have the best user experience from sale to support is critical, and as we expand our software offering and market presence it is essential that we remain customer-focused,” said Smith. Prior to joining Avontus in 2014, Andrew spent 11 years in the scaffold industry working with both large and

small scaffolding contractors. Andrew has extensive experience in project, site, contract, and branch management, and he is an active member of scaffolding associations in both North America and Europe. “First and foremost, Avontus is focused on the customer. As we expand and enhance our product offerings, having Andrew in place will ensure we continue to meet our customers’ expectations,” commented Brian Webb, CEO/Founder. “Andrew is well-known and well-liked in the industry and we are fortunate to have him as part of our team,” Brian added. With the new releases of Scaffold Viewer and Scaffold Designer expected in the coming weeks, augmented reality is being added to the already successful

suite of scaffold design and visualisation tools, which saw the addition of virtual reality (VR) technology in 2017. “Being a technology partner for our customers will continue to be a core value as we expand our sales and support teams,” added Smith, “and ensuring that we have a scalable infrastructure in place will be critical to our customer success moving forward.”









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ScaffMag interview Robert Candy, Chief Executive at THe Scaffolding Association By Richard Trenchard


he saying goes ‘nobody should apologise for having high standards because those who want to be part of their world will always rise to meet them.’ For proof of how true this is you only need consider the exponential growth of what is now the UK’s largest trade body for scaffolders, and the standards it demands from those members. Formed in 2013, the Scaffold Association was established to provide advice and support for specialist contractors working in the access, scaffold and temporary structures sectors not previously served by other bodies. Since inception it has continually expanded, and now boasts more than 330 member firms, accounting for 10,000 qualified employees across Great Britain. Put simply, the organisation is the authority in this area of construction. But how much influence does it really have on the trade? How does it co-exist with similar organisations in the construction business? And what developments in scaffolding should we expect to see as the coming months unfold? To answer these questions we went directly to the man at the very top, Robert Candy, chief executive of the Scaffolding Association.

What benefits DO companies enjoy joining the Scaffold Association VS other trade industry bodies?

“The Association is now the largest representative body in its sector and we’re seeking to raise standards across a range of issues affecting safety, performance and skills development. “We provide members with advice, information and support. We have good relationships with other industry groups and contractors such as the HSE and the Home Building Skills Partnership. We are also the only scaffolding representative of the Specialist Engineering Contractors’ (SEC) Group. “SEC Group members account for 35% of construction output in the UK. It lobbies for fair supply chain payment and has a network of key contacts in government and industry. SEC Group also advocates changes to how retentions are held and the use of project bank accounts to protect subcontractors and suppliers. “More main contractors are accepting our members onto their supply chain lists so there are increasingly new work opportunities available to association members. Equally, clients have access to a greater pool of credible specialists that offer more competition and high standards of service. “We’re also committed to providing our members with a route map to help them embrace and share best practice. Safety and technical quality are pivotal in our approach as members can progress through our interrelated membership categories, win more work and

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become more profitable.”

You now claim more members than the NASC. Does this necessarily mean the ScaffoldING Association has more power and influence over changes, trends and campaigns impacting on the industry? “The Association is not in competition with the NASC – because we serve different membership groups. While we do have more member companies than the NASC, our vision is not about size and power. Our vision is to be inclusive and accessible and work in partnership so that our sector can tackle the challenges we face. “For example, safety is a critical component, so by working with the HSE and as a member of CONIAN – the leading construction industry safety network – we’re able to represent the views of SMEs in our sector.”

You are in the process of setting up a new scaffolder training scheme. Why do you feel the industry needs this? “I think we all agree that the sector faces a skills shortage and with the CITB pulling out of training, there is a lack of available localised training to meet growing demand.

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“Our members have told us that access to training is difficult and that training and skills accreditation should be responsive to the needs of the whole industry. Recent developments have not reflected the way that SMEs operate. “Some 70% of scaffolders work for companies that are not represented by the existing training structures. If we are to raise standards of training and continuous skill improvement, training and skills certification should be more sensitive to the capacity of the many and not just the few. “We also believe that competition can be good, as it encourages providers to make sure that they are delivering a service that users need and expect. This will therefore encourage innovation and drive up standards.”

Once established, would the training scheme not risk causing confusion in the industry due to the already UK-accepted CISRS card scheme? “The training would follow the existing National Occupational Standards and use NVQs already on the qualifications framework. Also, alternatives currently exist in some construction trades so

I’m not sure why it would cause any confusion.”

Over the next 12 months, how do you predict the UK scaffold industry to change, and how do you think the ScaffoldING Association will impact on the industry itself?  “During the coming year, the shortage of skills will be the main issue for contractors. Brexit and major projects, such as HS2 and Hinkley Point, will drain skills from the existing marketplace. “Other trades will also compete hard for our talent as their source of labour tightens. The changing environment will put pressure on SMEs and major contractors. “We’ll see more diversification from larger scaffold companies as they stretch their footprint into adjacent packages – such as hoardings, mast climbers and goods lifts. “Innovation is going to continue with new products and technology. For example, I’m sure we’ll see more new fittings and software to help contractors improve productivity, safety and quality. The slow, but steady, transition towards system scaffold will also continue.

“Some of these short term changes will help to plug the skills gap as companies adopt new work processes. But the underlying challenges from skills shortages, changing regulations and commercial pressures will demand greater professionalism. “This is where The Scaffolding Association will be able to support its existing members and attract new ones to progress through each level of membership. We’ll continue to work towards creating a level playing field for procurement opportunities, promoting high standards of safety, challenging issues that could weaken the supply chain and play our part in expanding training capacity. “The whole sector should strive to work together, challenge outdated attitudes, and improve understanding throughout the supply chain. We want the access and scaffolding sector to have a safety led culture that exemplifies creativity, innovation and engineering quality. If we can achieve this it will help the sector to attract and keep the best talent, so everyone involved experiences a safe and rewarding career.”

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TG20:13 eGuide Version 1.3 Released


he National Access & Scaffolding Confederation (NASC) has released an update for its TG20:13 eGuide. It’s not a major update, it’s more of a maintenance upgrade in response to recent changes in the way Google Maps works. The NASC say these changes to Google Maps sometimes caused the eGuide version 1.2 to

crash when trying to progress from the wind map screen section to the compliance sheet. This upgrade is required by all existing users of the TG20:13 eGuide version 1.2. Version 1.3 can be downloaded for free for Windows, Mac and Android operating systems. The NASC has ad-

vised existing users of 1.2 to uninstall their current eGuide before installing the maintenance upgrade. This glitch does not affect users with version 1.0 or 1.1 of the eGuide. The NASC will be updating its DVD eGuide for new customers. For technical support, you can email CADS via or alternatively call 01202 603733.

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NASC Publishes New Safety Guidance SG5:18 T

he NASC has published a new safety guidance note SG5:18 Overhead Power Sources and Earthing of Scaffold Structures. The industry trade body has also recently updated it’s guide to the Design and Construction of Temporary Roofs and Buildings TG9:18. The flurry of updates comes as part of the NASC’s ongoing efforts to ensure all reference materials are both current and streamlined.

SG5:18 Overhead Power Sources and Earthing of Scaffold Structures includes updated content derived from SG3:14 Earthing of Scaffolding Structures and SG5:11 Overhead Power Sources, both of which have been discontinued NASC say. Both guidance notes are available to download for free or purchased through the NASC website. Commenting on the raft of recent updates Adrian Rooney, Chair of the

NASC Health and Safety Committee and Managing Director of Midland Scaffolding Services Ltd, said: “SG5:18 combines two existing guidance notes covering similar topics into one – making it easier for contractors to source information relating to scaffolding electrical issues. “We’re constantly looking at ways to improve and expand the range of safety guidance notes and plan to publish two further notes in the coming months.”

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First CISRS Approved Training Centre Opens in Doha


he overseas arm of CISRS – the (OSTS) Overseas Scaffolding Training Scheme – has once again increased its reach, in the Middle East with the addition of a newly accredited training centre in Qatar.

International training provider Simian has partnered up with the Qatar International Safety Centre (QISC) allowing a range of scaffolding courses to be provided at its facility in Doha. Delegates visiting the centre will

be able to carry out Level 1 and 2, Inspection, Supervisor training and System Product Training with materials provided by Peri. The news of this new training facility comes in quick succession after CISRS only announced the opening of an additional accredited centre in Saudi Arabia last month. David Mosley, CISRS Scheme Manager, said: “I’d like to congratulate QISC and Simian International for their efforts in developing a fantastic training centre in Doha. We carried out a preaccreditation visit to this centre in May 2018 and gave advice on steps that would need to be taken to pass our inspection. “I am delighted to see that every recommendation has been carried out, we appreciate this can be an expensive exercise and shows a great level of commitment to providing high-quality scaffolding training in the area and should be applauded.”


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Altrad Becomes UK’s Largest Industrial Services Provider Petrochemical, energy and infrastructure industries to benefit F By Grahame Anderson

rom the moment Cape PLC, NSG and Hertel combined with Altrad it was clear great things were destined for the petrochemical, energy and infrastructure industries. Altrad services has quickly emerged as a streamlined, dynamic and visionary business, positioned at the cutting edge of the industrial services market.

Three Distinct Lines Intelligently designed to create three distinct lines of business and with a

unique strategy to match both market and customer, Altrad Services is now a single business offering “first class efficiency and service.” From maintenance to modifications, overhauls to projects and nuclear, future developments across the energy and infrastructure industries, they continue to lead the way. You may recall our interview with Altrad founder, Mohed Altrad earlier in the year offering a fascinating insight into the approach and ethos of the

company. In the light of this latest exciting move, I caught up with Altrad Services CEO Louis Huetz, to gain a fresh perspective on their ambitions for the future.

The Louis Huetz View He told me: “The group is significantly involved in the nuclear business as these installations need to be particularly monitored and followed-up in terms of maintenance. Besides, we provide a wide range of industrial services

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and solutions in support of the construction and maintenance of France and the UK’s high-value, super-critical nuclear power generation assets. “When it comes to the Hinkley Point C project in the UK, Altrad is part of the ‘MEH Alliance’ composed of four major UK contractors to work together on the complex installation of cabling and pipework in the power station’s 2,500 rooms. The innovative approach means that Altrad, Balfour Beatty Bailey, Cavendish Nuclear and Doosan Babcock will pool their expertise to work as a single entity. The alliance aims to create new industrial capacity and jobs by manufacturing specialist pipework in Britain.” Company services also include the provision of surface preparation and treatment, scaffolding, insulation and PFP for new-build facilities, such as the next generation EPR in Flamanville, France.

Aligning The Businesses So what were the challenges involved in aligning three huge businesses into one? Huetz said: “We had fantastic leaders, who, across their regions, have supported the integration process and helped the assimilation of different cultures to ensure all our employees feel part of this new journey. In many ways, this is being supported by the rebranding exercise currently under way as part of the integration. “As ever, we seek to ensure our clients’ requirements are met and so maintaining and enhancing our relationships here and the deep understanding and knowledge of the dynamics of their businesses remains paramount. “We can bring more skill-sets to meet the demands of clients’ evolving requirements, meaning we can support the simplification of project management, if there is a single point of contact

for the client. We also have world class systems and processes, to meet with the rigorous industry demands in which we operate. This gives clients great comfort, particularly as things continue to evolve.”

Nuclear Decommissioning The company are heavily involved in the fascinating role of nuclear decommissioning. ScaffMag was keen to discover what exactly this involves. Huetz explained: “The decommissioning of a nuclear installation such as a power plant or research reactor is the final

step in its life cycle. It involves activities from shutdown and removal of nuclear material to the environmental restoration of the site. The whole process is complex and lengthy (up to 30-40 years), and it’s carried out with the highest safety standards, understandably. “The Altrad Group has extensive experience when it comes to significant decommissioning operations involving all types of reactors. Our comprehensive range of services can indeed be deployed at every stage of an asset lifecycle.”

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Growth Of The Company This forward-thinking Altrad brand has 42,000 employees around the globe carrying incredible experience, through a deep pool of very talented practitioners. Their new website details the work they do, as well as offering a point of contact for those who may be interested in applying for any positions at Altrad Services. They believe a sustainable business is a successful business, and think this is why they have been able to grow and prosper over the lifetime of the development of the Group. They aim to cultivate the expertise

of their employees as well as ensuring they have the best tools and development opportunities, to continue delivering world class services to clients in a safe and responsible manner.

Five Year Plan So, given this latest transition, what’s the plan for the next five years? Huetz added: “We want to draw out the additional value from being a larger operator with a greater international footprint, maintain our market share and grow where we can. We will continue to look for further inorganic opportunities, in

so far they complement our ambitions and the sectors we seek to operate. “Our client base suggests we are doing well in this regard, but we will seek never to become complacent and continue to strive for operational excellence in everything that we do.” It would seem this is a company with a clear vision. Their new developments will certainly change the face of the oil and gas, energy and infrastructure industries for the better.

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Generation Edinburgh was tasked to provide a scaffold structure that would provide access for cladding replacement on the Exchange Tower in the heart of Edinburgh. Given the existing building is situated directly above an underground tunnel which services all trains in and out of Edinburgh Waverley Train Station, it was extremely important that works were carried out in an efficient and timely manner.

to be taken when erecting the System Scaffold. Any leg loads imposed by the temporary works needed the approval of; main contractor, third party engineers working on behalf of the property owners and Network Rail’s engineering team. A big challenge for Generation was the fact that the building needed to remain fully operational for its tenants throughout all onsite works.

propose a solution that enabled safe access to the sloped façade 20m above the road level. The designs were checked and approved by the main contractor’s consulting engineers.

With time being an important factor in this project, the team at Generation Edinburgh knew the best structure for the job was the ALTRAD Futuro System Scaffold along with the ALTRAD DESSA 1.3m Aluminium Lattice Beam. With Futuro allowing up to 8 connections per joint it meant faster and safer erection and dismantling time. Working above an operational train tunnel meant extra precautions had

Generation worked alongside ALTRAD DESSA to support the product and issue all temporary Works Designs. Full working drawings were submitted by ALTRAD DESSA along with calculations stipulating the interface loads with the building and the ground. The 1.3m deep Asterix HD Beams were employed over the main entrance to the building to support the 40m tall scaffolding above, (the clear span over the entrance would not have been possible without this product). The designers were able to

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With a project duration of 12 months it was a priority for Generation to ensure the chosen system was versatile enough to shape around the structure as well as offer long term stability within its design. The ALTRAD Futuro System offers these features. Due to the city centre location, all deliveries and collections needed to be clear from site by 8:00am on a daily basis. Generation’s nationwide fleet of trucks were able to successfully deliver and collect 850 tonnes of materials without any issues, delays or inconvenience; making a total of 78 deliveries to site and 113 collections.


The Camo Group launches bringing broader integrated security services to building and construction A

new wide-ranging construction site security service is being launched in the UK, building on one of the best established names in the country. The Camo Group Ltd. has evolved from the highly successful ADS Security Installations Ltd. to offer a more far-reaching service which includes a list of on-site security and operational elements – in direct response to customer demand. As Director Jay Lamb explains, the new enterprise is set to provide comprehensive yet simplified solutions to the sector: “The proud reputation of ADS has been developed since its creation in 2010, specifically in the area of scaffolding security and, most notably, in London and the Home Counties. “The Camo Group now builds from this strength by adding an extensive list of other key operations across a wider geographical catchment. Importantly, this will enable customers – both scaffolding and main contractors – to turn to just a single supplier who can meet a long list of construction site security needs. The Camo Group will not only

be able to provide highly cost effective support, but one which also optimises the integration between security components.” Lighting, hoarding and fencing, alongside CCTV and other technically-advanced smart management systems, are all now available from the Camo Group, alongside the ongoing provision of full scaffolding alarm installations. The organisation’s menu-based pricing structure helps to ensure that the most appropriate mix of facilities is specified for each project – irrespective of duration or size. “As before, we anticipate the major-

ity of our business will be located in London and other major cities and towns but we are just as much at home meeting the security needs of a small rural development,” adds Jay Lamb. Importantly, the greater capability of the Camo Group will enhance the organisation’s ability to deploy the most technically-advanced equipment solutions to meet site needs. These range from monitored alarm installations – both at site and, with larger projects, via a leading national remote monitoring facility – to site CCTV and access systems, including biometric functions.

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“We are also able to enhance our broader system quality,” continues Jay Lamb. “Site and scaffold lighting is a good example as the Camo Group is now able to provide a range of LED lighting systems which are not only more efficient in terms of energy us-

age, but which also require minimal bulb changes. This avoids a maintenance issue which can impact on the smooth operation of any site.” Major investment in vehicles, administration systems, and with the benefit of three regional offices, the Camo

Group is set to meet extensive needs across the country within its industry. “From offices, restaurants and entertainment facilities to schools, housing developments and even void properties, the blend of security services we now offer will meet a host of security

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requirements,” adds Jay Lamb. “We are committed to working alongside scaffolding contractors and main developers to design and install systems that meet both project needs, and which fulfil local council security requirements.”

The creation of the Camo Group builds on a firm base through the excellent work undertaken by ADS Security Installations Ltd. Now, with a far wider range of services available from under the one roof, it is well-positioned to develop a

leading role in this highly specialist and very much in demand security sector of the scaffolding, building and construction industries.

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Mercer Scaffolding bags Leicester Square project M

Presco under new ownership T wo previous directors of Beaver 84 have purchased scaffolding manufacturer Presco for an undisclosed sum. The Walsall, West Midlands based business has been acquired by Steve Tysoe and Ian Smith both of which were previous directors of Beaver 84 a leading supplier of temporary fencing, scaffolding and edge protection solutions for hire and sales. According to TCI, the deal comprises all the intellectual property, trademarks and brands associated with Presco as well as its 10,000 sq ft factory and distribution centre in Walsall, its 14 employees and its supply deals with half a dozen factories in China. The new owners plan to take

Presco into bespoke scaffolding systems. Additionally, they also plan to sell directly to end users but without undercutting existing distributors. Key customers will also be offered bespoke marketing plans and some stock will be available to hire. Steve Tysoe said: “Presco was a company at the top of the supply chain with a name not rivalled by any other in its market. We intend to re-focus and return it back to its rightful place as well as expanding it to ensure that a great British business name is not lost as many others have been over the years. Our intention is to grow the business through partnerships, a more focused approach to the client, either distributor or end user, to add products that enhance the current range and to bring back the bases of UK manufacturing where appropriate.”

ercer Scaffolding has been awarded the scaffolding and access package on a new £300m hotel development site in the heart of the West End of London. Luxury hotel chain Edwardian Hotels London is developing a new 350 bedroom hotel and cinema complex in the heart of Leicester Square, London with a variety of leisure facilities and a mixture of bars and restaurants. Once completed in 2020, the Leicester Square Hotel will have eight storeys above ground and six below ground. The building is designed to complement existing properties and will work as a series of independent but connected venues, as well as operating as a single entity for hosting major film premieres in the future. Mercer Scaffolding Operations Manager, Adam Millgate said on Linkedin: “We are grateful to be handpicked by the client on this exciting project due to complete in 2020. The extensive design and consultation over the past 12 months has been exciting. Ben Beaumont and his team at 48.3 Scaffold Design Ltd have been busy in the background making this project possible”. “Great work by our senior estimator Mitchell Rowland and the rest of the Mercer team to get this secured. We look forward to working with Julian Daniel and his team at Blue Sky Building.”

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Godiva Wins Sustainability Award

Irish Scaffolding Awarded Top International Quality Award


artin Scaffolding based in Raffeen, Co. Cork have been awarded the prestigious ISO 9001 2015 Quality Management System Award which is presented to organisations that demonstrate the ability to consistently provide products and services that meet customer and regulatory requirements. Martin Scaffolding are celebrating 30 years in business this year and employ 80 full-time workers with a fleet of 20 trucks. They are currently the only Irish scaffolding company to be awarded the accolade and are delighted with such an achievement. Brian Martin, Managing Director of Martin Scaffolding says: “We are proud to be an early adopter of the updated standard as it provides further proof that we are very serious about the service we supply and will always strive to deliver top quality for our customers.”


odiva Access and Scaffolding has won the Sustainability award via the Coventry Telegraph Business Awards – ‘celebrating success, recognising achievement and highlighting the innovative people and companies in Coventry and Warwickshire who are putting the region on the map by boosting the

economy while making a positive contribution to the local community.’ Godiva was crowned the winner of the Sustainability Award for its commitment to making its processes more environmentally friendly. Judges were impressed by how it used sustainability to improve performance and by the investments made into products and services to boost sustainability as a company. Karl De Groot, MD at Godiva, said: “We’re delighted to win this award. We’ve worked really hard to ensure our work is as sustainable as possible and this is something that takes the whole teams’ commitment to achieve. A huge congratulations to everyone who’s contributed to this success. And thank you also to the Coventry Telegraph for hosting and to the Liberty House Group for sponsoring the award.”

Apprentice of the year Awarded


K System Scaffold Hire’s Callum Davey picked up the award for Apprentice of the Year at the recent Derbyshire Business Awards. Callum who joined UK System Scaffold Hire straight from College, has impressed not only with his computer skills, but also with his ‘can do’ attitude and his eagerness to understand all aspects of the scaffold industry. UKSSH specialise in top-end projects such as those involving public access staircases and bridges as well as suspended scaffold, Callum said:”Because UKSSH puts an emphasis on its’ technical know-how and high levels of customer support it creates the perfect environment for me to learn not just about the

products but about good business”. UK System Scaffold Hire’s MD, Gary Griffiths was delighted with Callum’s success, which he said was thoroughly deserved, describing Callum as “a brilliant addition to the team. “ The award marks another milestone for the Chesterfield company – enjoying excellent growth and now involved in landmark projects throughout the UK

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SpanSet & Simian showcase solutions for the Scaffolding Industry O

ne of the UK’s leading manufacturers of height safety equipment, SpanSet, has partnered up with top industry trainers, Simian Risk to showcase working at height safety solutions. At SpanSet’s impressive custom-built training facility in Cheshire, the duo expertly delivered a technical open day focusing on the scaffolding and access industry. Simian and SpanSet highlighted a number of areas where SpanSet’s products could help reduce or manage risks associated with building, maintain-

ing and working from scaffold and access platforms. Pete Ward, Managing Director of SpanSet, got the technical open day underway with an introduction to the company while Simon Hughes, Managing Director at Simian Risk (and Technical Author of SG4) delivered a short presentation to the attendees on the latest scaffolding guidance and industry hot topics. Attendees to the open day were enthralled with several expertly deliv-

ered live demonstrations of Personal Fall Protection Equipment (PFPE). These real-world demonstrations were made even more life-like at SpanSet’s impessive, recently refurbished training facility, containing the resources to recreate a broad range of operational environments. Practical demonstrations and advice from both SpanSet and Simian included traditional vs hybrid lanyards and how they have revolutionised scaffolders safe clearance height, products for low clearance applications and safe rigging and lifting of light materials to prevent dropped objects. The duo also demonstrated first response rescue for scaffold structures using the GOTCHA kit. Simian Risk’s Business Development Manager, Simon O’Donnell said: “As we have recently entered a partnership with Spanset Ltd for the supply of PFPE in our training centres, the open day was a great opportunity to showcase the fantastic training facilities and products they have at Spanset to our Clients, as well as providing an informative and educational content. “The day was a joint technical day in conjunction with Spanset Limited, focussing on height safety solutions for the scaffolding industry. The day was well attended and a great success for both companies with a lot of positive feedback from attendees. “Simian are delighted to be working with Spanset on this collaboration and hope that there will be many more joint initiatives in the future.”

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Scaffolder with Down’s Syndrome Building An Inspirational Future I

nspiration constructs itself in many forms. And there can’t many greater than the case of 29-year-old trainee scaffolder, Todd Scanlon from Coles Scaffolding in Wiltshire, who’s causing quite a stir (and receiving wonderful support from all quarters of the industry), because this effervescent role model hasn’t let Down’s Syndrome get in the way of his scaffolding career. Managing Director Martyn Coles explained: “I came to employ Todd, as he’s been asking for years to work with me. So I said come on... we are here to break the rubbish stigma around Down’s Syndrome. He does all the same tasks as all of us, his family are so proud of him and he’s an amazing person.”

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Todd currently only works part-time for the company and an extra couple of hours at the yard, helping Martyn with pricing. He’s fully aware of all the health and safety aspects on all jobs and wears all the appropriate kit. In terms of receiving guidance and advice from both staff and fellow scaffolders, he’s proven to be a wonderful example of how to get it right. In fact, he’s now very much an essential part of the furniture at the family-run company.

What is Down’s Syndrome? Also known as trisomy 21, Down’s Syndrome is a genetic condition typically causing a level of learning disability together with several physical characteristics. The average IQ of a young adult with Down’s Syndrome is 50 – equivalent to the mental ability of an eight or

9-year-old child, but this can vary. Many individuals can be remarkably insightful when it comes to understanding the world around them.

First Class Approach Martyn added: “Todd takes to tasks like the rest of us. He has been with us 12 weeks and has gradually improved day to day. All our customers have taken to him tremendously as he has such a great personality. He’s polite, on time and punctual. I have personally contacted CITB to see how we can help him with training moving forward. Todd has been a friend of mine for years and we go on holidays every year.” Coles pride themselves on being fast, reliable and compliant, whilst all their staff are friendly and polite offering a 24-hour quality service. They’ve also

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now proven to be leaders in people management showing the industry really is inclusive to people from all backgrounds and conditions. There are fully CITB registered and CSCS tested.

Great Support The reaction from key people in the industry has been a revelation. James Swash, a site manager said: “More companies should do things like this for the right reasons and not for their own gain. I was fortunate enough to work with a company that liaised with a foundation that help under privileged kids, drug addicts and others to gain experience in the EWI sector... it was the best 10 weeks of my life.” Karl Brown from Oil & Energy &

Windfarm added: “Brilliant! It proves any human being can do anything, with guts, determination and the proper training. Well done Todd.” And Frank Lee from Frank Lee StepUp Scaffolding said: “Todd is doing it all on his own! He has managed to wangle a lunch from me; now that’s an achievement getting a lunch from a Scotsman! He’s learning quickly due to Marytn and the crew.”

Setting A Benchmark The vision of Coles has certainly opened the way for more inspirational stories like this. Meanwhile Todd Scanlon from Rodbourne In Swindon continues to go from strength to strength. SM

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his September, in the centre of Burberry’s flagship London store a “dirty great scaffold” has been unveiled, built to showcase designer Riccardo Tisci’s new Autumn collection. At first glance, visitors would be forgiven for thinking the store was still under construction, but in fact the three-storey high scaffold, is one of artist Graham Hudson’s most recent installations. Constructed from industrial scaffold, the artwork – Sisyphus Reclined – was built with the help of his friend and long-term scaffolder provider, Matt Bowler from Milton Keynes. Artist Graham Hudson, 41 and Matt Bowler, 36, first met at MK Gallery in 2009, where Graham was commissioned to install his work titled ‘A Considerable Extension in Time and an Insignificant Extension in Space’ which consisted of a multi-levelled framework of scaffolding and pallets. Having approached several scaffolding firms who had turned him down, it was Matt Bowler from MK Scaffolding and Vantage Event Structures who accepted the commission and

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since then, Matt and Graham have collaborated on seven different projects, Burberry’s being the most recent. So how did a scaffolder from Milton Keynes and an artist from Kent end up having such a close working relationship? Graham explains: “When I first met Matt, I really liked his craftmanship but also his openness. It’s quite a rarity to get people in the scaffolding industry to take art seriously, but Matt responds intuitively so it’s collaborative.” Graham is a regular visitor to Matt’s Old Wolverton business premises, where both Vantage Event Structures and MK Scaffolding are stationed. Matt explains “Graham and I sometimes work out elements of his installation in the yard using the scaffold and then build them on site, which is really exciting.” Since their collaboration at Milton Keynes Gallery almost a decade ago, the two have worked together in Milan for Fendi and in London for Comme de Garcon at Dover Street and Selfridges, where an explosion of scaffold poles were delicately poised in the shop

window and an 8ft crane digger was installed along with a statue of Venus de Milo statue in Selfridge’s interior. Other collaborations have seen them working for Japanese gaming company Nintendo and most recently for Burberry: Big brands by anyone’s standards. The world of fine art and fashion is a far cry from Matt’s roots as a scaffolder from Great Linford, where he set up his own scaffolding company, Buckinghamshire Scaffolding Specialists (BSS) in 2002. By 2011, Matt had created MK Scaffolding along with an events company Vantage Event Structures, which now caters for big national events such as Chelsea Flower Show, Silverstone, Wimbledon and the Hyde Park Festival. Did Matt ever envisage he would move into the world of fine art? “No not really, but we love a design challenge and have always been attracted to the creative side of the events business, so when Graham first approached us, we were really excited to get involved,” Graham admits. “It’s quite difficult to get people in the

scaffolding events industry to always take what you’re doing seriously, but with Matt it’s different.” Graham studied at the prestigious Royal Academy of Art and from there his talent was soon spotted and the star rose quickly. In 2007, his work ‘All My Exes Live in Tesco’s’ caught the attention of art philanthropist Charles Saatchi at whose gallery Hudson showcased. And from there Hudson was invited to LA, New York and Australia to showcase his work.Then, in 2012 he was given residency at the prestigious Museo d’Arte Contemporanea (MACRO) in Rome. Scaffold is a medium preferred by a growing number of artists, not just Graham Hudson. And Matt’s scaffolding know-how has been called upon by installation artists, Israeli artist Eyal Burstein and German born Carsten Holler for their projects at the world-famous V&A Gallery and The Hayward Gallery respectively. ‘Sisyphus Reclined’ will be on display at Burberry’s flagship London store until January 2019. Go check it out! SM

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What are The Benefits of Joining a Trade Association? By Andrew Kitley

Andrew is the Managing Director of Kitall Ltd. He has been working in scaffolding and temporary works for 18 years and has built his reputation as a highly sought after engineer. His deep passion for scaffolding and engineering has allowed him to work with the leading companies and complex projects. Andrew will be sharing his expertise and insights of all areas of scaffolding.


hat’s the point of trade associations? Working in a trade, that’s no doubt something you’ve heard before – or maybe even said yourself? On the face of it, they provide useful products and services to businesses or tradespeople in exchange for a (varying!) subscription fee. They also act as a collective spokesperson for those businesses and individuals, typically in a specific sector or industry. But what does all that mean? In truth, there are a vast range of benefits that come from joining a trade association. But what? Well, that’s exactly what I want to explore in this feature, drawing from our own experience in scaffolding and temporary works.

Building trust First and foremost, for me, it’s about trust. In any trade, it’s hard to give po-

tential clients peace of mind without having done any work with them:You need that initial trust-factor to secure deals and get yourself off the ground. Being a member of a trade association provides exactly that. When comparing contractors or suppliers, clients look for some kind of certification or ‘proof ’ you’re trustworthy. Seeing membership of a trade body, they might feel you’re part of a group of reliable, professional contractors.

Generating leads It’s not just about the value they add to existing leads, trade associations can also provide leads of their own. They’ve become renowned among the public as well as tradespeople, and that results in enquiries directly to the association. As a member, your details could be passed on to a number of

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prospective clients. On top of that, your trade association will add you to a classified list of its members. These lists are circulated to local authorities, landlords and main contractors looking to sub-contract some of their work. It’s the go-to source for most of these potential clients, so it’s certainly advantageous to be included there, right?

Networking Generating leads and securing business are paramount. But one thing I’ve found particularly valuable from being a member of the NASC and The Scaffold Association is the opportunity to meet likeminded people. Regional and national meetings allow you to meet other contractors, exchange ideas and build on each other’s successes.You really don’t get that ‘club’ mentality opportunity anywhere else. A good trade association also links its members up with specialist advice.

Rather than searching for hours on end, you have a clear point of contact for issues like recruitment or technical standards. The NASC, for example, has regional committees where members can discuss any problems or hurdles collectively, with top industry experts.

Staying up to date Whether it’s industry specific like the Work at Height Regulations, or something broader like GDPR, construction regulations are forever changing. So too are construction practices, with innovative technology, safer equipment or just new ways of thinking. Obviously, it’s important that businesses and tradespeople don’t fall behind with regards to these changes. But how do you keep up to date? Well, the scaffolding trade associations provide all the latest information, regulations and updates with bulletins, newsletters and annual reports. And of course... even on Scaffmag!

Saving money Let’s not forget the value of all these services. Trade associations provide free advice on legal and financial matters, which would cost a hefty sum elsewhere. Members can also access special rates on other specialist services, like insurance or training, which can help cut back on external expenditure. Trade associations have impressive buying power too. When you go to suppliers looking for a good deal, they’re unlikely to give you much less than the standard price. A trade association with thousands of members across the country can negotiate significant discounts to pass onto their members. That’s got to be good, yes?

So what are Your options? When it comes to scaffolding, there are two main trade associations – NASC: The National Access and Scaffolding Confederation and The Scaffolding Association.

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The NASC looks to improve clients’ safety and technical proficiency with a range of industry-approved guidance. They have three membership levels: • Information-only Access to all literature, publications and trade events. • Full non-contracting For hire, sales or manufacturing companies. • Full membership Benefitting from all accreditation, events and training schemes. Similarly, The Scaffolding Association is the UK’s newest trade association for scaffolding and access. It campaigns to improve safety, member skills and the technical quality of work. They have three levels of membership: • Associate Access to guidance, support and information with no

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assessment required. Assessed Recognises companies with a current SSIP Scheme Certificate. Audited On and off-site processes are reviewed to ensure companies are operating to the highest standards. More broadly, there are a wide range of construction trade associations like CHAS and Construction Line, which provide accreditation for health and safety practices. In truth, there are plenty out there – and it’s about what works for you or your business.

Are trade BODIES for you? Despite all the benefits, some people think trade associations aren’t for them. Some start-up contractors think they’re

too small to join a group of established businesses, while larger companies might think they don’t need the help. Let me be honest – everyone can benefit from trade association membership. Small companies benefit from vital exposure and networking, while larger businesses get the peace of mind from up-to-date regulations, market research and information on latest techniques, practices or trends.

YOUR next steps Ready to be a trade association member? Then NASC and The Scaffolding Association are the best places to start on a national level. But bear in mind local, regional groups that you would benefit from. Talk to other professionals to find out who the ‘go-to’ trade bodies in your area are. Trust me, you won’t regret it.... SM

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Manchester tops leader board for most construction jobs outside London Research from boffins at Adzuna has discovered the top five cites for employment outside the capital, with Manchester topping the leader board.


s London’s property market continues to inflate rent and living costs, it is hardly surprising that people are looking elsewhere to find employment and settle down. Research carried out by data scientists at Adzuna, has looked into which cities have the most job vacancies outside of the capital, so jobseekers have one less thing to consider when moving. Manchester Tops the Vacancy Leaderboard The job market analysis, carried out in August 2018, saw Manchester land the top spot as the city with the most trade and construction jobs outside of London. With 2,401 vacancies up for grabs, Manchester had more than double the number of jobs on offer than Reading, the city with the fifth highest number of vacancies. If you want a wealth of opportunities to choose from and a juicy paycheck at the end of the month, then Birmingham

is the city that pays, with 1625 open construction roles boasting an average salary of £38,842. Jobseekers Don’t Have To Go Far Jobseekers either unwilling or unable to relocate don’t need to stray too far however.The construction sector saw a 77% year on year increase in August, as job vacancies leapt from just under 53,000 to over 93,500. This suggests that despite worries of slowing growth in the industry, employers are still optimistic and demanding significantly higher numbers of workers for future projects. In fact, construction is the second fastest growing sector for vacancies in the UK, beaten only by manufacturing jobs. Salary growth doesn’t appear as promising, down 2% year on year. But at £36,159 average salaries in trade and construction are still holding well above the UK average of £33,155. SM

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HS2 Project to Support 15,000 Jobs by 2020


onstruction of the UK’s high speed railway (HS2 project) is set to support 15,000 jobs in engineering, design and building sectors by 2020, according to a new report. Over 7,000 jobs have already been supported by the project and more than 2,000 business have already won work with HS2. Its also reported that 100 apprentices are already working on the project, and this figure is expected to reach 2,000 over its lifetime. At peak construction phase, 30,000 jobs will be supported by HS2.

HS2 chief executive Mark Thurston said: “Our skills strategy, launched, shows how we will create a sustainable pipeline of jobs and skills for companies across the whole country, which boost regional economies and help Britain compete internationally. Our programme will tackle the skills challenges faced by the wider transport infrastructure sector, and ensure the UK has the best skills to deliver HS2, as well as major infrastructure projects in the future.” HS2 Minister Nusrat Ghani said: “HS2 will provide the backbone of our future

rail network and is already driving jobs and economic growth right across the country. “HS2 already supports over 7,000 jobs, forecast to reach around 15,000 by 2020, and is building the talented workforce of the future that this transformative project needs. “The ambitious programme of skills, employment and education set out today will see the economic benefits of HS2 fully realised across the UK, boosting productivity and sharing prosperity across the country.” SM

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ARE IMPORTED PRODUCTS SAFE? NASC MD Robin James tackles this question – with new product guidance.


s the header suggests, and as recent events have highlighted, the requirement of some kind of product control measures for scaffolding and access equipment entering the UK is timely. Currently, as matters stand, there is no authority or organisation in the UK that licences or approves scaffolding and access equipment. And although, for example, system scaffolding, couplers and scaffold tube do have their own set of BS EN standards to which they should be manufactured, there is no independent UK third party approval scheme in place to audit or verify against and check that such products are being correctly manufactured and comply with these standards. Clearly this is not an ideal situation in an industry that operates at height.  It is in everyone’s interests that the products we purchase and use daily fall under some form of independent external scrutiny and third-party minimum standards. In a perfect world, we would all like to see control measures in place that mitigate risk.  With more and more materials being sourced and imported from further afield, it is appropriate and there is a growing opinion that these imported products

are more thoroughly scrutinised and measured against certain criteria that determine satisfactory UK third party testing, and therefore safer use. In the absence of any formal UK approval system for scaffolding and access equipment, the NASC, via its Hire, Sales and Manufacturing committee, therefore determined that it is necessary that they seek to undertake this and provide buyers with a code of practice, offering information on what they should expect and request from their suppliers and assume products will perform to. The initial response of the committee, due to the growth of system use and varying availability of product types was to develop a Code of Practice [CoP] for the hire, sale and use of system scaffolds, based upon the requirements of BS EN 12810.  However, this quickly developed to include all core scaffold and access products and became a more encompassing product code of practice. Products which currently fall under this umbrella are EN 39:2001 tube [4mm], EN 10219-1:2006 high tensile tube [3.2mm], BS 2482:2009 timber boards, EN74-1 couplers, aluminium beams and BS EN 12810/11 system scaffolds.  This portfolio of products will be expanded as required, with PST units next on the list, as well as supplementary couplers. Importantly, this suite of NASC CoPs and the accompanying

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INTRODUCTION The purpose of this guidance note is to detail best purchasing practice for EN 39:2001 4.0mm scaffold tube. If the tube is sourced from an NASC compliant company, as demonstrated by the product assessment audit report, then no further action is required, other than a visual inspection of your supplier’s certificate of product compliance with the NASC CoP product audit (a list of suppliers and products may be found on the NASC website). If the tube is not sourced from an NASC compliant company, then the guidelines below should be followed.


Purchasing guidelines for: TEST DATA EN 10219-1:2006 High Tensile Tube [3.2 mm] Test data is the criteria to which the product is independently tested as seen on the test report example opposite, & should consist of:

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• Mechanical analysis. The purpose of this guidance note is to detail best purchasing practice for EN 10219-1:2006 High Tensile Outside diameter wall thickness dimension. 3.2 mm scaffold tube. If the tube is sourced from an NASC •compliant company,& as demonstrated by the product assessment audit report, then no further action is required, other than a visual inspection of your • Flattening test supplier’s certificate of product compliance with the NASC CoP product audit (a list of suppliers and tests from mustan beNASC by a UKAS products may be found on the NASC website). If the tube is• Annual not sourced compliant company, accredited facility or TUV/SGS. then the guidelines below should be followed.


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The purpose of this guidance note is to detail best purchasing practice for BS 2482:2009 timber boards. If the boards are sourced from an NASC compliant company, as demonstrated by the product assessment audit report, then no further action is required, other than a visual inspection of your supplier’s certificate of product compliance with the NASC CoP product audit (a list of suppliers and products may be found on the NASC website). If the the boards are not sourced from an NASC compliant company, then the guidelines below should be followed.

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TEST CERTIFICATION Test certification is the criteria to which the product is independently tested to BS 2482:2009 as seen on the test certificate examples below


Purchasing guidelines for: Kitemark K item mark™ Li Licence icence EN 74-1 Couplers

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Test data is the criteria to which the product is independently tested as seen on the test report example opposite, & should consist of:

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PO Number: Test Report No: Customer Xample Materials Testing were asked to perform the analysis reported below:

• Annual testing should be on swivel couplers & right angle couplers for all suppliers/manufacturers, as follows:

Material Information Description of sample: Material specification: Markings:

Test date:



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• Slip force testing & failure forces [max. load] swivels & right angled couplers.

Scaffolding Coupler Report Tested in accordance with: See below

Purchasing guidelines for: Aluminium Beams • Annual tests must be by a UKAS • Cruciform bending/stiffness test for right angle couplers only.

Slipping force Test No. H1234

Failure force Test No.

Requirements Min Max – 10 15 –

kN xxxx

A1 Load at 2mm A1 Load at 1mm & A2 at 2mm

accredited facility or TUV/SGS. • Full prototype testing to EN 74-1:2005 by a UKAS registered external body should be available upon request.


Tested in accordance with Section 2.3.3 of BS EN 74 -1:2005

H1235 kN


Failure Force


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Requirements Max Min – 15 – 6 – 26

Test Status:


This report only details quality control checks performed at Xample Materials Testing xxxxxxxxxxxx and does not mean that the above couplers have passed any section of EN 74 or they can be supplied as an EN 74 coupler, or of the relevant testing and analysis has not been fully complied in accordance with BS EN 74-1:2005


Issue Date

End of Report

21 August 2017

The purpose of this guidance note is to detail best purchasing practice for Aluminium beams. If beams are sourced from an NASC compliant company, as demonstrated by the product assessment audit report, then L. Smith no further action is required, other than a visual inspection of your supplier’s certificate of product compliance with the NASC CoP product audit (a list of suppliers and products may be found on the NASC website). If the beams are not sourced from an NASC compliant company, then the guidelines below should be followed. Page 1 of 1 Authorised Signatory:



Mechanical Testing Supervisor

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TEST DATA Test data is the criteria to which the product is independently tested as seen on the test report example opposite, & should consist of:

The Test Laboratory

Certificate of Test



November 2018


Date of receipt: Reference No.: Order No.:


1off Welded Aluminium Alloy Beam, nominally 48.3mm OD D main supports with brac brace struts, XXXX, 2.0 Metre Lattice Beam (450) ‘25 287 XXXX 216’ Procedure: TP28, BS EN ISO 3452-1:2013


• Chemical analysis.

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National Access and Scaffolding Confederation (NASC) Ltd., 12 Bridewell Place, London EC4V 6AP Date of test: 4 September 2017 31 August 2017 MI No.: XXXX XXXXX 008 EN AWA Specification: BS EN 755-2:2008 NASC/XXX


• Annual testing on Aluminium Beams for all suppliers/manufacturers, as follows:


Purchasing guidelines for: EN 12810/11 System Scaffold Identity: Test methods:

• Mechanical analysis.


System: Type II, method C, form E

• Outside diameter & wall thickness dimension.

S INSPECTION DETAILS al surfacee condition: As welded welde Material

Cleaning Agent: Johnson and Allen JAC-2 Cleaner Batch Number: M612130

Penetrant: Johnson and Allen JAP Penetrant Batch Number: H1455 Penetrant remover: Johnson and Allen JAC-2 Cleaner ner er Batch Number: M612130 Developer: Johnson and Allen JAD Developer per Batch Number: D1071

• Weld testing to ISO 10042:2005 min level D and should take into account the following: - Visual & LPI of 4 x 90 degree & 4 obtuse angle welds.


- 2 x macro weld inspections. - HAZ zones & buckling resistance.

Viewing wing equipment: Halogen A Arc Lamp Identification number: N N/A Penetration time (minu (minut (minutes): 15 Development pment tim time (minutes): 15

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INTRODUCTION ertific C • Annual tests must be by a UKAS L. Jarvis, D. Johnson Witnessed by: Tests performed by: accredited facility or TUV/SGS. Smith, Section Leader Certificate approved by: The purpose of this guidance note is toM.detail best purchasing practice for EN 12810/11 System Scaffold. If Signed......................................... Date......................... the system is sourced from an NASC compliant company, as demonstrated by the product assessment audit report, then no further action is required, other than a visual inspection of your supplier’s certificate of compliance with the NASC CoP product audit (a list of suppliers and products may be found on the ** If a current international weldingproduct approval is website). If the system is not sourced from an NASC compliant company, then the guidelines below in place, [Eg, ISO 3834-2, or ENNASC 1090-1/3] shouldisbe followed. then weld testing to ISO 10042:2005 not required. NT




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• A full test report and structural calculations by an external body to EN 12810/12811. The




• Examples of external test authorities are, Dibt, TUV, SP, NF, Oxford Brookes, Testconsult, Slender Structures, S-Mech, James Crosbie Associates, Raprig Design. November 2018 MATERIAL CERTIFICATION Test data is the criteria to which the product is independently tested as seen on the test report example opposite, & should consist of: • Annual testing on System Scaffold key components for all suppliers/manufacturers, [standards, ledgers, transoms, steel decks & board bearers] as follows: • Chemical analysis*

The Th he T Test eest Laboratory Laborator L ry

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Client: Date of rreceipt: eceipt: e Reference Refer ence No.: Order Or rdder No.: Description: Identity: Test T eest methods:

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National Acces Accesss and Scaf Scaffolding ffolding f Co Confederation onfederation (N (NASC) ASC)) Ltd., 12 Bridewell Place, P London EC4V 6AP 6

Scaffold (650mm Scaf ffold f tube (6 650mm long) EN 10219 S355 S3555 JOH

Procedure: TP31, Procedure: TP3 31, BS EN ISO 5817:2014, 5817:22014, TP01c-1, BS EN N ISO 6892-1: 2016 Method Meethod A, OES MAXI & Fusion F

M 6 Mk: Dimensional Me Measurements: easurements: Tube T ube outside dia diameter ameter (after stripping off Galvanising) (Average (A Average v e of 4 readings) (mm): 48.51 Tube T ube wall thickn thickness ness (after stripping of G Galvanising) (Average (A Avverage oof 5 readings) (mm): 2 98 2.98 Parent tube outsi outside ide diameter to wall thickness thicckness (D/T) ratio = 16.28 BSEN 10219-2:2006 10219-2:22006 tolerances, outsidee diameter ±0.48mm ±0.48mm for a nominal outside diam meter of 48.3mm and ±0.3 32mm for a diameter ±0.32mm thickness nominal wall thic ckness of 3.2mm. Test T est e machinee calibrated to class 1.0 requirements of BS EN EN ISO 7500-1:2004


• Mechanical analysis*

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The purpose of this guidance note is to detail best purchasing practice for EN74-1: 2005 scaffold couplers. If the couplers are sourced from an NASC compliant company, as demonstrated by the product assessment audit report, then no further action is required, other than a visual inspection of your supplier’s certificate of product compliance with the NASC CoP product audit (a list of suppliers and products may be found on the XXXX XX XXX FFor or and on beh behalf halff of BSI: Xxxx Xxxxxxx, Gloabal Glo oabal Assurance Assurance Dir Director ector NASC website). If the couplers are not sourced from an NASC compliant company, then the guidelines 6 April A 2016 FFirst irst Issued: 01/0 01/03/2017 03/2017 Latest La test issue: 0 01/03/2018 1/03/2018 below should be followed. 5 April A 2021


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products covered are subjected to UKAS accredited independent laboratory testing over and above the product manufacturers and suppliers own testing and third-party approval standards. This has taken several years of trial audits/improvement meetings to develop and is a unique position for our industry, and again highlights the NASC’s strong record of leading the way and taking positive physical steps for the benefit of all, and not just NASC members. Typically, the product CoP addresses the requirement that product being supplied will have been designed, manufactured and tested to the existing appropriate standards for each product.  This is undertaken by independent testing, whereby the auditor will physically visit and randomly select components from stocks. This encompasses stringent factory visits and inspections across the globe, with sample section for testing taken at source.  These samples are then sent to independent UKAS accredited UK test centres for destructive testing in line with pre-existing standards for each product. The results achieved are then documented in a report and returned to Quality Solutions International Ltd third party auditor for comment.The manufacturer/supplier must also demonstrate to the third-party UK auditor that they are subject to a formal auditing procedure to confirm their viability as a reliable manufacturing centre via an auditable quality procedure, such as ISO:9001.  Additionally, suppliers are required to demonstrate that product liability insurance is in place, as well as provision of product specific user guidance and technical data. Following successful integration and acceptance of the CoP amongst the members of the NASC hire, sales and manufacturing committee, (which also sees their own equipment audited against the product CoP) it was felt appropriate that the requirements of the product audit process should be integrated into the NASC full contracting members audit, as well as being made available to the wider scaffolding industry. To communicate this as clearly as possible, the NASC hire, sales and manufacturing committee has developed a suite of guidance, which complements the existing and highly successful NASC CG,TG and SG guidance notes.  These new guidance notes, known as product guidance (PG) notes are now available; PG1:18 – to – PG6:18, and act as buyer guidance notes for the whole industry, detailing best purchase practices, and outline the standards to which buyers should check the products they are buying are manufactured and tested to  - what to look for, how to check and find the relevant information for each of the six products covered so far, what a test certificate looks like and so forth. The inset images show the product guidance documents, which will be available as downloadable documents from the NASC website, or in printed format, to purchase. SM

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Another 1st for SpanSet â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Improving Fall Clearances by 50%! DSL2 The Big Step Forward SpanSet have taken a major step further again with the DSL 2 self-retracting lanyard. This revolutionary product takes all the advantages of the original DSL and adds in a new dimension to reduce safe clearance heights even further.

Having a lanyard the right length for each task would keep the potential fall to the minimum, but in the past was not possible. The choice was either freedom of movement or security â&#x20AC;&#x201C; not much of a choice really.

When launching the original DSL in 2012 SpanSet made it possible to have what users really wanted - a full length lanyard with the capability to be anchored at its full extent below the worker if required, but retractable to remove excess length when not needed, providing users with a far higher level of security especially when working at low levels When it comes to Fall Arrest Lanyards most users currently or above hazards such as machinery or structural elements. choose a full 2 metre version for maximum freedom of movement, but in doing so have to accept they will allow The DSL 2 retractable lanyards go further, extending and potentially longer falls even when the full freedom of retracting in use as required, but additionally during a fall they continue to retract resulting in significantly reduced falls that movement is not required. are consequently quicker to arrest. The problems with falling are twofold - The further the fall (the freefall distance) the longer it takes The benefit is so significant that in tests the DSL arrests the to arrest or stop the fall in a controlled manner (the arrest falling mass completely before a conventional lanyard even distance) becomes taught. - The further you travel during either the freefall or the arrest phase the more likely you are to collide with obstacles or the For larger users the DSL 2 has also been tested for users up floor. to 140kg The DSL achieves a 50% improvement on the requirements set out in EN355 and opens up the potential to effectively protect workers in previously difficult locations as well as improving security further for all others.


Are you Okay?

Lee Rowswell Group Director, GKR Scaffolding

Every working day in the UK, two construction workers take their own life. 1-in-3 of you reading this article has taken time off work due to stress or mental health related problems. 1-in-4 of you have considered suicide.


hese shocking statistics have echoed around our industry and forced us to face the fact that we have an issue with mental health in construction. Unless we remove the stigma and secrecy around mental health we will lose more of our colleagues. In May 2017, I shared an article online about the time I had to take time out from work. For 10 months I needed treatment for stress-related anxiety. It crept up on me. Before I knew it I was struggling to manage myself at work and at home. I’ll be honest with you; this wasn’t something I was comfortable publishing. But the response to the article was overwhelming.The number of messages and comments from men sharing similar

experiences was in the hundreds. Most of these men had felt that they couldn’t tell anyone what they had or were going though. So this confirmed to me that it’s time we all started talking openly about our own mental health. We have to remove the stigma attached to mental health and get comfortable talking about it. The reality is that most of us will have some sort of mental health issue at some point in our life. All of us will know someone who is struggling with their own mental health.This is especially true for those of us working in construction.The work is physically and mentally challenging and stressful. Our industry is subject to economic volatility putting pressures on finances and job stability. Layer on top of that the fact that normal life

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behaviour or demeanour. According to Mental Health First Aid England you should always be on the look out for these 10 signs: 1. Increased irritability, aggression or tearfulness. 2. Being more withdrawn – not taking part in conversions or socializing. 3. Increased arguments or conflict with others. 4. Increased consumption of alcohol, caffeine, cigarettes or medication. 5. Inability to concentrate or being indecisive. 6. Erratic or socially unacceptable behaviour. 7. Being louder or more exuberant than usual. 8. Loss of self confidence. 9. Loss of sense of humour. 10. Difficulty remembering things.

brings pressures and demands that go with families, relationships, health… I could go on. However, in our working environments we mask true feelings of stress through banter, bravado and even competitiveness. We often hide behind an outdated stereotype of what it means to be a man - we don’t get upset, we cope and get on with it. So when do any of us get the opportunity to say, “I’m not feeling great?” The onus shouldn’t just be on those that are struggling to be strong enough to speak up. If you’ve suffered from any mental illness, you know that part of the struggle is hiding it. Mental illness can go unacknowledged by those close to you. But what if all of us were aware enough to ask a colleague or friend: “You don’t seem yourself these days. Are you okay?” It starts with being aware of the signs that someone might not be okay, then being confident enough to ask them. If you know your mates well, you might see a change in their

Obviously, also be aware of any trigger events such as bereavement, relationship breakdown, health problems, etc. At GKR we are training volunteers in Mental Health First Aid. We have signed the Building Mental Health Charter as a commitment to training staff in mental health awareness and signposting those needing assistance to the right support. I encourage you to raise awareness of mental health in your business. Create an environment where people can say they are having problems but also that others actively look out for each other. If you go to Building Mental Health or the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity, support and resources are completely free to help you do this. So come on, let’s reframe the term ‘Man Up!’This is now about us being strong and open enough to ask someone how they are. “Are you okay?” Hardly a big deal is it? But those three words could change someone’s life. Or save it. SM For more information on supporting your workplace go to: Building Mental Health Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity Mental Health First Aid England If you or someone else needs immediate support please call: Construction Industry Helpline 0345 605 1956 The Samaritans 116 123 Mind 0300 123 3393

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haki Q&A I

f you can accuse Thomas Schüller of anything, then it’s using language with the slick efficiency of the company’s celebrated products. With roots traceable back to 1910, and a 60+ year, safe reputation as a go-to brand in a construction industry that constantly needs new, innovative solutions to meet ever-changing requirements, demands and designs, HAKI’s corporate history is highly commendable. But the firm’s future might be even more impressive. Its Universal scaffolding system has garnered praise from all corners of the building trades – for saving (up to 60%!) time and, therefore, money. And a wealth of new products have been brought to market this year alone, to rapturous applause. There’s also big plans for the coming decade in terms of strategy and growth. Keen to learn more about just how high hopes currently are, we asked Mr Schüller to answer a few questions about what customers can expect from HAKI…

“In a word, exciting,” Thomas Schüller responds when we ask how his first five months have been as the new CEO at the top of one of the world’s biggest scaffold system manufacturers, HAKI.

How have your first five months been at HAKI THOMAS? “In a word, exciting.The HAKI product range is expanding rapidly, which is keeping our design engineers, manufacturing plant, training centres, logistics and sales teams very busy right across our global network of over countries. “In 2018 alone, we have introduced the HAKI Bridge System (HBS) and Public Access Stair (PAS) – both designed for loadings up to 7.5 kN/m2 with wide sector applications – a new UTV slim staircase which fits in tight spaces, in fact anywhere a conventional scaffolding ladder will go, and we have upgraded our world-famous stair tower system, with a lighter, faster, even safer Mk2 form.” And that is just the start… “On top of that, we are pioneering the use of technology in scaffolding for both design and training. We are working on

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identity. Undeniably, we are the world leaders in this field. “The same can be said about our HAKITEC weather protection system and for suspended scaffolding – which is 50% lighter than other systems, thanks to a simple and unique range of suspension devices, allowing it to suspend safely from almost any load-bearing structure, using fewer components that tube and fitting or any other modular system. “And it gives us great pleasure that people always think of safety when they think of HAKI Scaffolding. I think this is largely thanks to us pioneering the Advanced Guard Rail (AGR) system, which offers collective fall prevention, allowing a ‘scaffolders’ safe zone’ to be created and maintained during erection, modification and dismantling without the need for additional resource – in accordance with the NASC’s SG4:15 latest regulations. In fact, our products far exceed most global working at height regulations. “What we need to focus on now is getting scaffolding firms and main contractors in construction, rail, power generation, building, housing and infrastructure to follow the example of those in offshore, oil and gas, petrochemical and processing industries – in utilising the superior safety and enhanced productivity levels of our Universal scaffolding range. “The simplicity of its innovative design, unique ‘hook-on’ method – differentiating us from any ring or rosette systems – small number of only 7-10 major components to do any job, anywhere, in any sector, and lack of tools required, combined with the collective fall prevention, safety and speed, make it the ideal system, for anything. “People need to stop thinking of us just for stairs and roofs and get a demonstration of the levels of safety, productivity and adaptability HAKI Universal can offer them.”

some exciting new BIM projects with MB Stillas AS for massive construction projects in Norway and we are embracing 3D, 4D & 5D technology with a new HAKI app, to help our partners understand and get the most from our products, and further push our passion for making scaffolding safer. “Then there is the recent partnership with Park Derochie, who are now the primary contractor and distributor for the HAKI Universal Scaffolding System in North America.”

The company has a great legacy, but are there any problems with how the firm is perceived that you would like to overcome? “When people think of HAKI, they immediately think stair towers – so much so, any staircase system on a site in the world is often referred to as a HAKI staircase, regardless of its brand

The HAKI Universal system is proving a popular alternative to tube and fitting scaffolds, what are the main benefits of your system? “It’s very simple really. We save our clients time, which saves them money. And all with a massive increase in safety levels. “HAKI Universal is a simple way to reduce program schedules. It is some 60% faster than tube and fitting on most jobs and up to 30% faster than other modular systems out there, thanks to the exclusive ‘hook on’ (or #Gethooked) system and its relatively few components.This means scaffolders spend less time identifying and connecting parts and less time manual handling, in turn radically reducing erection and striking times. “The versatility of the HAKI Universal loading bearing ledger beam and beam rider system also allows for larger bay sizes, which are 73% stronger than tube and fitting on a typical 2.5m bay and 25% stronger than any ring system.

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“Then there’s the massive range of decking options – from steel and aluminium planks to timber and composite boards, or the clients’ own decking options. And all our planks are fixed with integral locking, to prevent lift, like our toe-boards, which are simple, safe and speedy to fit and infinitely adaptable, thanks to a wide range of bespoke options. “As a system, Universal is the work leader at birdcages – faster, safer and stronger than anyone else. And used in suspended format, it’s up to 50% lighter than others and allows scaffolds to be created from behind a permanent guard frame at all times, making us No.1 for safety too. “But, at HAKI, we believe we are also the best for independents and circular tank scaffolding. Universal standards have a tolerance in each pocket of seven degrees, allowing for simple circular scaffolding structures to be created. “And customers all over the globe are coming around to just how much faster and safer HAKI is compared to tube and fitting and ring systems, thanks to its fewer components making for faster connections and superior safety features. “In fact, many top scaffolding contracts that are falling behind schedule in tube and fitting and other systems are being replaced with the HAKI Universal system nowadays.The penny is starting to drop… we can help our customers get the job done faster and safe, so ultimately, it is cheaper. “And then there’s our superior strength and quality loading towers and also the HAKI Tripod range – a multi-functional hardcore scaffolding system allowing permissible leg loads of up to 200kn for propping and shoring applications and also doubling up as a rolling track for mobile scaffolds with our HAKITEC weather protection systems. “I could go on forever as to why HAKI outperforms the old-fashioned, outmoded tube and fitting scaffolding ways.The truth is, some people just do not like change. But it’s survival of the fittest out there and having modern HAKI systems gives our clients a competitive edge.”

What kind of contractors are using the Universal system, and what standout projects is it being used on? “HAKI has always had a proud history in the harsh off-shore, industrial, oil and gas, shipping and petrochemical environments where the speed, adaptability and, above all, safe methods of erection using HAKI Universal Scaffolding help contractors complete complex access projects on time and on budget, in challenging conditions. “But we are increasingly now being recognised for our work in infrastructural, major construction and housing projects. Here, not just the speed and safety of HAKI come into play, but the ease of compatibility of our entire scaffolding systems,

like our stair towers, bridges, loading bays, HAKITEC beams and weather protection. Used in conjunction, all of our products combine effortlessly to radically improve site efficiency and safety on any type of project, anywhere in the world. Looking for a safe, dry, productive site…? Look to HAKI. “If you want an example in off-shore, we have recently completed the scaffolding for maintenance work on the prestigious MÆRSK INSPIRER job, in close collaboration with SEMCO MARITIME A/S.The scaffolding is approximately 60 meters high, with scaffolding on all three massive legs, weighing in at approximately 390 tonnes. It’s quite a job. “The scaffolding is built in 0.7m width and is reinforced to full height with HAKI’s unique 750 aluminum beam and powerful special attachment to compensate for the high wind pressure at these huge heights in the marine environment. “The scaffolding is calculated to the smallest details. And in order to contribute to the creation of a safe workplace, socalled rescue stairs have been established, so that a stretcher can be handled manually on the stairs.There has been great cooperation on this huge project, which has been a good shop window for what we do in this complex, specialist sector. “On the UK construction scene, we have just finished providing leading main contractor Interserve Industrial Services Ltd with 280 tonnes of HAKI Universal Scaffolding, stair towers and loading bays on their modern, high-profile ‘The Ropeworks’ construction project in Edinburgh.

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bridge across the River Witham in Lincoln. It was done and ready to use in under 24 hours, which the client could hardly believe. “On day one, the scaffold was pre-erected on the roadway on a low-level HAKI Universal birdcage, with the top boom being installed with operatives working from behind a AGR, in accordance with SG4:15 regulations. “The following day, the structure was then craned into position onto a pre-erected designed HAKI support tower platform. And throughout the temporary works, the use of HAKI radically minimised the risk of falls from height and hugely increased project efficiency and safety. “Done in tube and fitting, the risks would have been so much higher and the time spent erecting it would have been huge.The project showcases both what HBS and indeed HAKI is all about – superior speed and safety. It’s HAKI modular modernity in action.”

Cast your mind five years into the future… where would you like to see HAKI as a company?

“It is the single biggest HAKI job undertaken by Interserve (now Enigma Industrial Services) in Edinburgh, all erected on the site, over eight lifts and is an impressively slick construction access operation, nicely showcasing what we can do here. “Meanwhile, HAKI Universal and our Mk2 stair towers continue to be used to great effect on industrial, circular tank access jobs with many of our partners, like SMS Group Services in Australia and CETAC in France – proving it’s ‘not just good for straight runs.”

HAKI has a range of new products being brought to market this year. Which do you think are the most innovative and game-changing? “I alluded to a few of the many new products in the range (and pipeline) at the start of the interview – all of which I believe are highly innovative and game changing in their own uniquely HAKI way. “But if I was forced to single out one recent HAKI innovation, it might be our HAKI Bridge System (HBS), which is designed to be used as a pedestrian bridge for projects such as temporary railway crossings, road or river crossings, or to act as a spine beam to support other structures such as scaffolds or temporary roofs. “At the point of launch, British clients UK System Scaffold Hire erected a 30m span HBS to create a temporary foot

“HAKI is continuously working with all of its global partners and customers to develop new and exciting innovations and evolving the products that have already served to be gamechangers in a variety of sectors. “I would like to see that continue, along with our ability to work closely with our clients to help them get the maximum adaptability and utilisation of their existing stock, through HAKI’s top quality after-sales engineering support and training programs. “We have invested in two new training facilities in the UK and Sweden – and will have an announcement about Canada soon. We continue to invest in logistics and our incredible state-of-the-art manufacturing plant at Sibbhult in Sweden – all of which will mean our operation and service level will get even slicker in the next few years. “Hopefully, this will allow us to meet the ever-rising demand for our popular classics – stairs, suspended, birdcages and weather protection systems – and maybe we will also be distributing a few more of the things we know we are also brilliant for, like our scaffolding system. It’s up to people to tune into our message – safer, faster and more adaptable HAKI products save you time and money. “Certainly, the next few years will see our passion and commitment for using modern technology to help our clients understand what we can do to boost their productivity and profitability, with enhanced safety is on-going.Through embracing the latest VR, 3D, 4D, 5D and BIM technology, the future is now at HAKI… and we invite you to join us.” SM

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Lone working and managing the risk The HSE defines a lone worker as “someone who works by themselves without close or direct supervision.” The number of lone workers across the UK is on the rise. In fact, over 8 million people are estimated to be lone workers, and not just within roles which involve work at height. Here, Matthew Bailey – Divisional Manager for Inspection and Certification at HCL Safety – explores how to minimise risks for scaffolders working alone at height. Through the right training and correct use of equipment, there are various ways employers can support lone workers to help them remain safe.


s it acceptable to combine lone working with work at height? If you are talking about the kind of heights that call for fall arrest equipment, the short answer from the experts is: NO. Never. However, being alone while working at height, does not automatically mean workers are exposed to new risks that they wouldn’t be in groups. While the employer can mitigate the risks that all workers are exposed to in a given work environment; the workers themselves have a duty to take care of their own health and safety – as well as of those which may be affected around them.

Before WORK Even before work begins at height, by law, employers need to ensure lone workers are not put at risk by considering several factors. Key legislation that employers need to adhere to include The Health & Safety at Work Act 1974, as well as The Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999. By carrying out these steps below, employers can help to protect lone workers when working at height. Firstly, employers should be look-

ing at the level of training needed for the lone worker to be able to work at height safely. For example, lone workers should be trained in how to carry out a risk assessment, working at height, rescue at height as well as manual handling. Training is also particularly important to help control uncertain or unexpected situations to implement practical risk avoidance strategies. With training, the level of supervision required should also be considered so that the lone worker meets all requirements for the job in hand and is competent enough to work at height. What’s more, while other workers may be able to ask more experienced colleagues working next to them for support and guidance on a task, lone workers are unable to do so. Extra training may be needed in situations like this so that lone workers fully understand the risks of working at height. It is down to the employer to also assess any potential risks which may occur around manual handling, medical stability, as well as whether the working area itself presents a risk. It is then important for the employer to take steps to remove risks where

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possible and put control measures in place to carry out the task in hand, safely. For example, some tasks may be too difficult for the scaffolder to carry out alone and the employer should therefore ensure the worker is not left unaccompanied. It is important to highlight that each risk assessment must be site specific as each job will present its own unique risks. There is also a dynamic aspect to think through when completing a risk assessment as conditions on a site change regularly. For example, surfaces can become slippery due to a change in weather and external factors therefore need to be a key consideration.

by phone, radio or email and warning devices which can be used to trigger an alert if a signal is not received from the lone worker in a certain timeframe.

After WORK While it is important to carry out this exercise before each job, it would be good practice to evaluate each job afterwards to better inform the next job.

Identify the risks • Talk to scaffolders to understand what potential risks they’ve identified . • Previous incidents or near misses should be explored so that the causes can be recognised before any work takes place.

During WORK Lone working isn’t a case of getting the right training and carrying out a risk assessment before being left to then work completely alone. Keeping the lone worker safe requires more communication which may include scheduled visits or contact with lone worker

Better understand who might be at risk • Consider the hazards which may affect the scaffolders and/or others around them. • Factor in the training needed to ensure the scaffolders can deal with po-

tential hazards and has the experience to operate equipment safely.

Reduce the risks • Study the likelihood of the potential risk happening. • Judge the level of harm that could come from the potential risk and how can this be eliminated/minimised. • Work out the cost associated with eliminating the potential hazard. By having well thought-out procedures in place before, during and after a job., you not only better protect a worker for the job in hand, but the learnings from that job can build up a knowledge to better understand lone working situations for upcoming contracts. HCL Safety is equipped with the expert knowledge needed to assess the potential risks surrounding working at height, as well as implement the correct fall protection and training solutions to the highest standards. For more information, visit: SM

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Shaped For Success, The Versatile Gaydon Swivel Lifting Clamp


n innovative scaffold tube lifting clamp designed by components experts at Gaydon Henderson is set to eliminate everyday lifting problems within the industry. Fully patented and produced to meet BS EN 13155 and crane safety and non-fixed load lifting standards, it’s already proved popular within the industry. Gaydon Henderson managing director Rob Henderson takes up the story: “My business partner Jeff Gaydon who has more than 40 years experience in the industry came to me with the lifting process in mind. He explained the most dangerous part of raising scaffold tubes or system scaffolding is usually carried out by the least experienced member of the workforce (the trainee), constant

reminding of the correct knot is far too often the case. In regards to lowering tubes or system scaffold, this is usually carried out by more experienced scaffolders, but there is still an element of risk when the tubes are lifted over the guardrail and the knot is fully tightened. “Designing a clamp that was easy and quick to use, but also able to roll over the guardrail with ease and not fight against the rope required a bit of thought. After several prototypes and testing, we eventually came up with the Gaydon Swivel Lifting Clamp.” The clamp facilitates both the lifting and lowering of either one or two scaffold tubes in a safe and efficient manner through multi-levels, without the need for rope knots. Not only has

this already been proven to save valuable time, it also makes for greater efficiency in getting the job done with the minimum fuss. It’s simple to use with any industry standard hand scaffold spanner, and offers much greater piece of mind for scaffolders working on all types of sites. It also adds to the safety of the public and those perhaps working nearby, and like all the best designs, simplicity is key. After two years of development, three prototypes and six months of testing in the field, the new Gaydon Scaffold Tube Lifting Clamps finally made it to market. Both the scaffolding and construction industries are changing rapidly of course. This latest accessory enables everyone to enjoy progress and development with safety at the forefront. Hereford based Gaydon Henderson is a division to T.S. Henderson Engineering formed in 1928, and now a modern advanced company with 25 skilled employees. Using the latest CNC.

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uct, will have a first aid box to hand in case of injury. In fact, a recent survey carried out by the company found 90% of small and private builders questioned didn’t have a first aid box on site all! Problem solved! HSE say with safety at the forefront, carrying slots, if provided, should be vertical along the long axis of the guard and not horizontal, where they could be used as a foothold. Any handles shouldn’t provide an alternative foothold, and guards should be safely matched to ladders so they can’t be climbed.

BETTER Public Protection

New Ladder Shield Enhances On-Site Safety


ladder shield designed by Shropshire based Martin Scaffolding Services is helping contractors adhere to new guidelines issued by The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) involving ladders and scaffolding. The Ladder Shield serves a very important purpose as its primary use, but its secondary use is equally important in making the workplace safer. The simple but effective ladder guard ticks all the HSE boxes in terms of being fit for purpose, also offering piece of mind to contractors. These include: • Being padlocked into place. • Allowing no more than 50mm of rung to be exposed when the

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guard is pushed as far sideways as possible. Covering six rungs to make climbing impossible. Preventing possible sliding over the ladder stile. Stopping exposure of rungs at the back and front of the ladder. Once removed from the ladder and hooked onto the scaffolding the new shield acts as a billboard for PPE. This ensures each worker who approaches the ladder is wearing their relevant PPE before work commences. The guard also comes fitted with its own personal first aid lock box. This ensures all operatives working on any scaffold fitted with this versatile prod-

Their recent directive offers even greater protection to both construction workers and the public. Preventing unauthorised access onto scaffolding or other work platforms has always been a problem in the construction industry. Children, for example, can view building areas as a potential playground, not having a grasp of the risks, dangers and accidents and injuries they could face. To this end, clients and contractors must ensure unauthorised access onto scaffolding is prevented, not just outside working hours, but also at times when workers are present but out of sight. These are principles long-established and set out in HSG151. They advise all such routes may need to be secured by a combination of perimeter fencing, local fencing and ladder removal out of working hours. This can also be done by securing ladders, and using a suitable ladder guard to make them un-climbable. Martin Scaffolding and Netting Services has used their years of experience in the field to develop the shield. It’s yet another superb addition to the range of modern safety devices available, and comes with full HSE approval. For more information:

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Designs On the Perfect Scaffolding Stair V

R Design and Safety Ltd has introduced a versatile safety stair fully BS EN 12811 compliant and set to raise standards of well-being in the industry. The VR Universal Scaffold Stair offers an all-aluminium access solution for the tube and ďŹ ttting scaffolder, allowing a totally compliant staircase to be installed across a range of lift heights. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s made of corrosion resistant, structural quality aluminium extruded proďŹ les for strength and reliability. Created with standardised components and an all-bolted construction, VRâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Universal Scaffold Stair can be maintained by any competent operator. Effective as a simple but flexible solution to the scaffolders needs itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s safety compliant in all permissible configurations. Universal stair units are supplied with handrail sockets and scaffold tube connection brackets, designed for boards set on top of transverse rails. To give users maximum variation the units can also be supplied without handrail sockets to allow for tube and fitting guardrails. Alternative hooks are also available for various board types and slabs. Made to fit 48mm tube and ďŹ ttting scaffolding, it can be be installed using

only a podger to operate the locking mechanism. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s both practicable and reliant enabling speedy fitting to any scaffolding with optional compliant quick fitting aluminium handrails available for all height variations. The VR Universal Scaffold Stair copes admirably with varying lift heights and ďŹ&#x201A;ooor levels, giving level treads across the permitted range of stair angles. The stair has a clear internal width of 630mm, and there are three standard models in the range spanning 0.7m to 3.4m lift heights. Light but extremely good at its job, this is clearly a safety stair to meet modern demands. A spokesperson for VR Design and Safety said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;As with all VR equipment, safety is our primary concern. Wide, slip resistant treads and simple effective, quickly ďŹ ttted, compliant handrails using standard style couplers give peace of mind to responsible management.â&#x20AC;? The Redditch company offer a full temporary scaffolding design service with the aim of delivering high-quality scaffold designs to meet stringent standards of safety. For exact specifications and drawings visit

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Catchfan Mini by vertemax™ – new innovation for the scaffolding industry T

he Catchfan Mini is designed specifically for scaffolding and due to its reduced size is well suited to challenging areas with limited access. Made entirely from aluminium, it doesn’t require a crane and can be manually moved up the building as the scaffold progresses. The Catchfan Mini offers improved and highly cost-effective containment for scaffolding on high-rise construction workzones. Every person working on high-rise construction sites is potentially at risk from falling objects. Often, falling objects can also put members of the public at risk too, beyond the workzone boundary. The Catchfan Mini is designed to absorb the energy of falling objects and mitigate against falling objects posing a danger to the public or causing potential damage to property. The Catchfan Mini clamps easily onto any scaffold with its claw clamps – whether it is system scaffolding or traditional tube and fitting – no adaptation to the scaffold is required. Extremely lightweight and rapid to install, the framework is made entirely of aluminium. With a total weight of approximately 40kg a two-man, manual install can be achieved with no need for a crane lift. This results in significant cost savings and ensures that other site operations that require a crane can progress without delay.

Part of the industry-leading Catchfan range, the Catchfan Mini complements the already well established Catchfan and Catchfan Maxi demonstrating the latest innovation by Vertemax™. It offers a lightweight, swiftly deployed solution to provide containment beyond the edge. Vertemax™, the workzone safety company, works hard to develop and bring to market products and services designed to protect people. Putting people first, whether the general public, on-site workers or any of your team, our products offer both the highest safety standards and cost benefit. With increasing numbers of high-rise projects in progress and in planning throughout the UK, the Catchfan Mini offers a versatile and transferable solution for temporary works designers and site planners, helping to achieve an improved level of protection on highrise construction sites. The Catchfan Mini offers cost savings in the form of: the more efficient use of labour, the removal of the cost and effort to use a crane lift between floors and the ability to redeploy the Catchfan Mini as construction moves up the building. You can read more about the Catchfan Mini and find the User Instruction online at:

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MR Scaffolding Services Excels at the Lyric PROJECT 1


roydon based MR Scaffolding Services Ltd commenced work on the Lyric project back in May 2017, they were asked to provide their services to one of the UK’s leading construction companies. MR’s main purpose was to provide a safe access solution for the client to enable them to install glass panes from the ground floor up to the thirteenth floor. “The building had four

elevations, so as you can imagine, it was a very substantial size with more than 200 ton of scaffold plant used for this project alone;” says Jack Broadbent of MR Scaffolding Services. “This project turned out to be very complex one with lots of design input and bespoke workmanship and the team really did come out on top. A mixed workforce in relation to capa-

bilities and competencies, managed to produce an outstanding structure.” As well as this being a construction site, within the area there were many businesses and attractions that still needed to be operating as normal. One being the Lyric Theatre, adjacent to where the project stood there was an emergency exit for the theatre which had to be maintained while the works

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were still ongoing. MR installed a Layher staircase to maintain the emergency exits as required and operations carried on as normal. “At one stage of the project there were 37 men on site carrying out various aspects of works. Credit to our supervisor, James Davies and the black hats underneath him. “Each elevation had around 5-10 operatives working on it at any one time. We also had a permanent scaffold planner allocated to this project to aid the programme. Daily/weekly changes were being made to our scaffolding and the building, with multiple trades onsite.” Like most projects there were day to day challenges that MR had to face and overcome, one of which came when they installed the main gantry on the north elevation. This was a challenge

due to the logistics presented each day, as underneath was the main delivery access which fed the shopping mall inside. “This gantry went up first and stayed there throughout the whole project This was the very last item that was struck out,” Jack added. “We also had the underground lines to take into consideration when installing two hoists – one a passenger goods hoist and the other a goods only hoist. Four beam hoists in total were installed and these hoists turned out to be vital for the operation of this project. One of which again was up on the roof and one was made to incorporate a HAKI staircase, which went from the gantry to the 12th floor.” The most high-profile aspect of the project for MR came in the form of the heavy duty cantilevered high level platform, due to removal then re casting of the twelfth-floor roof slab. Jack said: “Due to the fact of the 10kn m2 loading, to come directly from the grounded scaffolding means we would have overloaded it at base level. To overcome this, we installed 750mm X beams which we’re canter levered out 2.5m from the out face of the building perimeter at 12th floor level; this also provided a working platform for the removal of the five-ton cladding panels which were replaced for glass This had

8m 450mm Layher beams installed upright to the end of the X beams to provide a high-level protection screen/ outside support scaffold, which were designed to take a temporary roof to provide protection for the install of new glass to the face of the building. “We provided numerous crash decks for demolition works and various floors and walls had to be re-instated as new. The twelfth floor being the main crash deck was used for the demolition of the thirteenth floor, once demolished this floor was then recast. The 11th floor was a mirror image of the twelfth, loadings were extremely high, so this was provided as a prop and to transfer the loads over two floors.” Additionally MR installed hoarding to the east, north and west elevations all required design input, from tying into the floor to using tonne blocks. They also erected four temporary roofs two of which were shrink wrapped by their in-house team. “Overall the project was a huge success for both us and the client. It was a well-managed composed construction site. We would like to just like to give thanks to all involved at #TeamMR from the following departments,Yard, Transport, H&S, Site Management and all operatives that assisted in building and removing of this structure.” Jack concluded. SM. Autumn 2018 | 65



Palmers Provide Complex Scaffolding Solutions For Balfour Beattyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Heathrow T4 Roof Light Renovation Project 66 | Autumn 2018



almers Scaffolding UK are providing highly complex scaffolding and weather protection solutions to assist with Balfour Beatty’s renovation of the roof lights at Heathrow Airport’s iconic Terminal 4 building. The £1.6M temporary works consists of a Palmers in-house scaffold structure which was developed and designed to match the customers demanding requirements to provide access and weather protection to enable the glaz-

ing replacement works to be installed – unaffected by weather and protecting the general public within Terminal 4. The access structure incorporated lifting solutions and an intricate mobile temporary roof which incorporated internal mobile gondolas.The scaffolding has been in place since February 2018 and is due to be dismantled late in 2018. Palmers Scaffolding UK Limited Regional Manager South East, Mark

Kensett, has been in charge of the project and said: “This outstanding Palmers job has involved more than 500 tons of equipment being craned on and off the roof, from very tight, limited craning locations, for glazing replacements to be carried out. And with all works being conducted at night under a strict permit system, on a live airport with tight security restrictions in place, it has been another challenging piece of temporary works and logistics for the Palmers airports division. It’s been a technically demanding, long-term project that first started being developed in 2016, with a design process that carried on throughout 2017.” Palmers Managing Director, Donald Morrison added: “These types of large-scale and very complicated jobs are what Palmers have been delivering for more than 130 years.Through early engagement, we develop special access solutions with the client, to help them use less traditional scaffolding and avoid work at height wherever possible. We have constructed a safe access for Balfour Beatty here at Heathrow and are proud of what the airports division has done on this job. It’s an ideal project to help showcase what Palmers deliver for top main contractors in challenging locations.” Ian McFarlane, Palmers Director of Business and Project Development added: “As one of only a handful of scaffolding contractors who are pre-qualified to work on jobs like this at major airports together with our focused and talented airports team and design department, we are well-placed to provide on time and one budget solution like this.” SM. Autumn 2018 | 67



Advanced N.I First UK Use Of New Layher FW System T

he benefits of the latest scaffold design from Layher – the FW system (a modular framework beam) – are increasing seen in the industry. Comprising just four components – a chord, post, adjustable diagonal brace and safety clip – the system incorporates a choice of lengths to enable a wide variety of frames to be assembled. At 2.072 metres between upright posts and a span capability of 22 metres, the FW design offers versatility with support, suspended, cantilevered and temporary roofing applications – making it ideal for bridge repairs, and for platform bridges where work is undertaken beneath the structure, mezzanine floors and hanging birdcage structures. The new Layher FW System demonstrates further versatility, as it is designed to fit within the axis of the Allround modular system and is therefore integrated within the scaffold, rather than bolted onto the outside of a scaffold, thus the maximum capacities are achieved. Advanced N.I. Scaffolding Ltd along with The Chelsea and Westminster hospital, London are the U.K’s first to benefit from the FW system. The project centred on the development of an indoor five-floor atrium area to create additional floor space with the need to avoid impacting on hospital activity a key objective. “External space limitations pointed towards scaffolding components being craned onto the roof and then manually walked to the project site,” says Robert Andrews, Managing Director of Advanced N.I. Scaffolding, who worked closely with main contractor and hospital.

“With component lengths an important factor, therefore, we focused on a combination of Allround and the new FW design,” he says. As the FW system is in effect a flat pack modular beam, which is made up a post at a time, it mean the longest component was only c2m, coupled with Layher’s lightweight design, it facilitated the materials being all handled by hand ergonomically and quickly, therefore allowing the parts to be walked from the loading area, through

the narrow corridors and straight to the required build area, with minimal disruption to the busy working hospital. Bay sizes of 2.072 m x 2.572 m, each of which took three men no more than five minutes to erect, less than one hour to erect the bottom 86 sq m platform, with then the overall birdcage structure being erected suspended in mid-air in less than four hours – “even allowing the café located on the ground floor to close for just the minimum of time” concludes Andrews. SM.

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Lyndon erects 18.5 tonne Mobile Birdcage on prestigious London project L

yndon Scaffolding has been supporting their client Lendlease with a highly innovative scaffolding design and access solutions on a prestigious project in London at 150 Bishopsgate. They erected a mobile birdcage scaffold that is 16m wide, 10m long, 7m high and weighs 18.5 tonnes – for the creation of one of the first ballrooms to be built in the city for decades, in an area that is 4,800m3. Lendlease needed access 9m up to install the services inside and over the top of the acoustic ceiling for the ballroom. Lyndon provided the solution... Jon Smith, Project Manager said: “They couldn’t install a full birdcage to

the area, so we needed a solution and I had an idea to erect a birdcage and put it on tracks. Thankfully, this idea was very well received by Lendlease, as it solved their problems immediately and safely: They loved the innovation. After all, it’s not everyday you see a 18.5tonne mobile tower.” As the scaffold structure – all designed in-house by Lyndon engineers – is 10m long, it will need to be moved twice to cover the vast 30m long ballroom. The top lift is 7m high to allow operatives to work from podiums to access in between the concrete and steel beams which have a 1.5m recess. And the scaffold also has boarded lifts

around the perimeter to access the columns to do the cladding works simultaneously. Jon Smith added: “This solution has potentially taken months off the fit out programme, as the other solution was to do it all from MEWP’s. And as the birdcage will move both ways at various times to allow the install of services, it may be moved a dozen times depending on the clients’ needs.” CEO Rob Lynch added: “We are delighted with the solution – it’s a classic case of Lyndon finding the right, innovative, safe, cost-saving solution for clients with our temporary works and scaffolding.” SM

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Top tips for a successful career overseas Ian Fyall Simian risk international

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rom my own experience, a career overseas can be both lucrative and rewarding; I have helped countless scaffolding professionals over the years to get the most out of their careers and reach their true potential. With any career, but particularly those overseas, you must be willing to put the time and effort in, in order to gain success. For a number of years, myself and the team at Simian International have been supporting individuals looking for a scaffolding career

overseas, an endeavour that has been extremely successful. Here are my top tips for gaining a truly successful career overseas:

Understanding OF the Culture Different countries do things differently. But at the end of the day, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s scaffolding that is the common language, and we have found it is easier to make a friend than an enemy, so listening and having patience is a key value. Not everybody

understands your regional accent and some operatives are better than others. Perception of safety is a factor too. In Iraq, where war has raged for 30 years standing at 2 metres high without fall protection might not be a problem; you have to educate people over a period.

The right training Training is a vital aspect to any role â&#x20AC;&#x201C; but especially for overseas roles in the scaffolding industry. So taking part in appropriate training courses will

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place you ahead of your competition. Simian only look for elite scaffolders on our projects with a long history of running jobs and a personality – the latter being important as you need to make friends. Looking down on people thinking you are better will get you nowhere overseas. And for instructors, the correct qualifications and a willingness to give back is a must. Simian are now training-up local instructors and they have been selected through training courses and they are guided under the watchful eye of our senior instructors: Having the correct language skills breaks down barriers and creates better trained scaffolders. Many of the countries Simian International works within don’t have the same health and safety standards as the UK – but when we carry out training courses in these places, we ensure each one

is done so in line with UK standards.This subsequently puts a candidate ahead of others who may not of had this same type of training when applying for jobs in the scaffolding industry.

Industry Knowledge Having a thorough understanding and knowledge of any industry is the key to any career.This will include anything that will impact upon that industry, i.e. laws, regulations, technology, techniques, processes, to name just a few. Obviously, training will be one of the main ways an individual will gain this type of knowledge, but keeping up to date within industry developments and using this knowledge to improve your career will goes a long way. We see the HSE website, NASC and CISRS websites as the main areas to keep abreast of change. 90% of all guidance is now free

to download. Use it!

A strong network Simian International has expanded exponentially over recent years, due to the partnerships and networks that we’ve built within the industry. In having a strong network of individuals and organisations you not only have access to a strong support system, but a wide variety of knowledge and expertise on hand and vice versa. Simian International’s overseas work is expanding rapidly, and with training centres now in the UAE, Oman, Saudi Arabia, India, Nigeria and Qatar, we’re supporting scaffolding professionals to build a strong and successful career.This will grow with Nepal, China and Iraq by the end of 2018. Get in touch today if you would like our support by emailing: SM

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