CISRS qualified scaffolders working safely at height

CISRS qualified scaffolders working safely at height

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 info@swiftscaffold.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.

New Scaffolders Join Swift As Demand For Scaffolding Rises

New Scaffolders Join Swift As Demand For Scaffolding Rises

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 gemma@swiftscaffold.com or keep an eye on our job page here.