Welcome to the Swift team Jordan!
He might be new to our team, but Contracts Manager Jordan is no newcomer to the scaffolding business.
He’s worked in the industry on many different projects for 12 years and his collaborative approach is already having a positive impact. He’s passionate about engaging, motivating, and encouraging others to ensure work is complete to a high standard.
And he’s very much in demand! Jordan manages multiple sites for Swift and is responsible for the smooth running of various scaffolding contracts across the Midlands.
So, welcome to Swift, Jordan. We’re delighted to have you on the team.
If you have an upcoming project that we can help you with, please give us a call on 01543 473999 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fun day Friday …
It’s great to see our CISRS qualified scaffolders working safely at height.
As a scaffolding hire business Swift Scaffold (Midlands) takes pride to ensure that we have trained and competent staff. We employ our own SHEQ officer to ensure that when working at height, that this is done to the best of the scaffolder’s ability.
A safety, health, environment and quality (SHEQ) advisor is responsible for ensuring compliance with health and safety regulations, environmental regulations, and quality control, on-site and in construction firms.
Working at height remains one of the biggest causes of fatalities and major injuries. Common cases include falls from ladders and through fragile surfaces. ‘Work at height’ means work in any place where, if there were no precautions in place, a person could fall a distance liable to cause personal injury (for example a fall through a fragile roof).
Here are the rules we follow to make sure our staff our safe on site:
Assessing work at height – Assess the risks, take precautions, and issue clear method statements for everyone who will work at height.
Roof work – Plan safe access, and prevent falls from edges and openings.
Fragile surfaces – The process we always follow for working on or near fragile surfaces is avoid, control, communicate, co-operate.
Ladders – When it’s appropriate to use ladders – and the three key safety issues – position, condition and safe use.
Tower scaffolds – Select the right tower for the job; erect, use, move and dismantle the tower safely; ensure that it is stable; inspect it regularly; prevent falls.
Mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs) – Care must be taken to select the most appropriate MEWP and ensure use of the machine is properly planned and managed. Operator instruction and training are important requirements so we always keep up to date with best practices.
Safety harnesses – Personal fall-protection systems are crucial for scaffolders – as you can see from the photo.
Marc Sawdon & Kirt Kelly from Swift Scaffolding (Midlands) regularly complete site visits to ensure that our scaffolders have the necessary tools, equipment, and PPE to ensure that working safely is priority.
If you need scaffolding for your activity, and you need it safely, please contact us at email@example.com and speak to a member of the team.
And lastly, if you know someone who’s looking to join a safety-conscious, reliable scaffolding firm, please ask them to check out our jobs page for the latest posts.
Wow! Where has February gone already? …
Marc and the team going have been going through all the new starter inductions, as new team members have joined us this month. Increased demand for our scaffolding, backed up with good January weather, has meant our services are in high demand. Marc has been working with Gemma Hardman, our Head of HR to recruit new team members to support the ongoing workload.
Training is key at Swift, and we take pride in ensuring we keep the team in tip top condition, and up to date with rules and regulations. This month we’ve been training 2 members of the yard team on fresh fork truck training.
Did you know a licence isn’t essential to drive a forklift truck? There are a few requirements that you must meet to safely operate one though, and we follow The HSC Approved Code of Practice and Guidance. It’s not just about driving skills either – it’s important that you have the appropriate level of medical fitness to operate heavy machinery. This includes a certain level of vision and hearing, and not being at risk of epileptic fits, for example. We also provide refresher training for our staff, because like with scaffolding, safety is paramount at Swift Scaffold, whether on or off site.
We’re always on the search for skilled and competent scaffolders to support our ongoing and new installations. At the moment we’re particularly looking for experienced scaffolders in the Lincoln and Newark area. This is for a new, ongoing project which is likely to last at least three years, so a great opportunity for newcomers to join our team right at the start.
If you’re looking for a new position or know someone who is, please contact Gemma on either 01543 473999 or at firstname.lastname@example.org or keep an eye on our job page here.
Wow, what a year 2021! Even during Covid chaos we’ve seen a significant increase in the market. We are pleased to say that the Swift Scaffold team rose to the challenge to support ongoing pressures and to deliver on time, in full, on all projects – while maintaining zero accidents.
To support the continued growth of Swift Scaffold for 2022, and for the years beyond we are pleased to announce the appointment of Simon Willis as the company’s new Managing Director.
Simon Willis, new Managing Director at Swift Scaffold Midlands ltd
Simon joined us at the very start of the year to assist with ongoing growth of Swift Scaffold. Simon’s early years were in engineering and automotive, before moving across to construction, setting up a new division for Portakabin. He is extremely committed to deliver projects on time and in a safe manner yet remaining flexible as site needs arise.
Simon’s a keen rugby supporter and can often been found at either his local ground, and when possible, attending England’s International games, and ideally tries to choose when they win. Simon is a bit of an adrenalin junkie, being a qualified scuba and sky diver. Alongside all this, he’s a keen motorcyclist and enjoys pushing personal boundaries – but with limits. Being happily married with 2 children, fulfils his remaining time!
His intention is to get out and meet the customers and teams on a face-to-face basis and he is very much a driver for the commercial activity in Swift.
If you would like help with a specific project, or tender assistance, please feel free to contact Simon or anyone on the Swift team.
Tel: 01543 473999 Email: email@example.com or use our contact form here
The humble ladder.
If you work in any of the construction trades, you’ll have seen that many ladders you probably don’t notice them anymore, unless you’re doing an equipment or safety inspection.
So, which bright spark created the early version of this construction site essential?
The first known evidence of a ladder as we would recognise one today dates back to the Spider Caves in Valencia. An etching in Mesolithic rock, believed to have been around for over 10,000 years, shows a ladder made from some kind of grass or plant material, being used by two men to access a bee’s nest.
There’s a good chance they were around even earlier. Its hard to imagine how the pyramids could’ve been built without them.
Fast forward a few thousand years to 1862 when American John H. Balsley first registered a patent for a folding wooden step ladder. Thanks to Mr Balsley, it became much more convenient for people to transport their access equipment, but it was only in the early 19th century that aluminium became the preferred material for manufacturers. By the mid 20th century, glass-fibre was introduced and, like wood, is useful when a non-conductive solution is needed.
Not surprisingly, ladders are crucial in the scaffolding industry. Working at height can be dangerous without the right kit, so we check ours for damage regularly and replace any ladders and gates which don’t meet our high standards. The health and safety of our scaffolders is paramount.
That’s why our ops manager Marc is looking especially excited about this delivery. New brick guards and ladders arrived at our yard last week and are already off to sites around the Midlands.
And our kit is definitely 21st century, top quality – there won’t be any plant-based ladders on our sites!
If you have a project and need a top-notch access solution, we can help. Give us a call on 01543 473999 or email firstname.lastname@example.org