When you’re looking to hire scaffolders for your project, simply opting for the first company you find online or in a telephone directory won’t cut it. Before you entrust a contractor with your business, you should compare companies based on a number of factors to ensure you are likely to get one that will provide a good job on budget.
Safety should always be regarded with the upmost importance and a reputable scaffolding firm will comply with industry Health & Safety regulations, putting emphasis on the continuous learning and development of its staff.
So before choosing your contractor, be sure to do your research, bearing these important points in mind.
Look for experience in the type of construction you need
You may be surprised to learn just how many different types of scaffolding construction there actually are. Some are far more complicated than others and require more experienced workmanship to carry out the job professionally and safely. So before you go ahead, speak to its staff in detail about its previous work on properties of the type you need work on.
Always put safety first
Safety should always be a primary consideration when working at height, and you need to know that the scaffolders you are working with possess the necessary accreditation to do so. Basic structures will not generally require any special permits, but larger or taller buildings may well do and require a full risk assessment to be conducted before any work commences.
Training is a must
Any scaffolding company trading in the UK must be registered or licensed with the relevant bodies, with all staff adequately trained to perform the job in line with industry standards. Check that the firm you are thinking of using has these credentials before signing on the dotted line.
Check they are insured
Any company in this country that has staff must hold employer’s liability insurance, but it is your responsibility to check the scaffolders you hire to have this. You should also ask if they have public liability insurance so you know that, if something goes wrong with damage being caused to the property or any people getting injured, they are covered for this.
Get the job done within your budget
Prices in this industry can vary dramatically, so it is always worth shopping around. While you should never compromise on the quality of service, neither should you have to pay over the odds for it. Get a number of different quotes and choose one that is reasonable as well as being reputable.