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 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.