Safety should be the primary concern when anyone undertakes any commercial project – after all, no one would wish to have a part in any activity if they knew if would have a permanent negative impact on their health. However, some activities are inherently more dangerous than others; construction work as a whole inevitably involves a degree of risk, and scaffolding work even more so. At MTEC Scaffolding, we are proud of our exceptional record when it comes to the health and safety of our employees, associates, and anyone connected with our projects, and we continually spare no effort or expense in protecting that record.
Since our goal is to ensure the wellbeing, not only of our own personnel, but also of anyone and everyone we can reach in the industry, we feel it is important that we make our expertise available to anyone who can benefit from it. This includes scaffolding companies, general builders, tradespeople, project managers, public sector bodies, and even private property owners who may wish to perform their own building work or take charge of the works themselves. The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 require all employers to identify hazards which affect their business, analyze the risks, and take action to eliminate the hazard or control the risk. Risk assessment documents are widely accepted as the standard way to collect, record and monitor the data which informs this process.
In terms of risk assessment, scaffolding is an activity which must be carefully planned and thoroughly monitored. Obviously, the use of any scaffold brings up the issue of working at height, and any risk assessment for scaffolding works will reflect this. The risks associated with access equipment don’t just apply to those who work aloft, but also to anyone who may have to use the equipment for another reason, such as communicating with personnel at work. They also apply to anyone else who may find themselves in the area of or underneath the equipment. Whereas an MTEC risk assessment for erecting scaffolding will be concerned mainly (though not exclusively) with our own employees, the scope of a risk assessment for scaffolding installation on site must be far wider. Also, for the purposes of a risk assessment, scaffolding work begins, not when we begin to erect or even when we arrive at your site, but when we open the gates at our own yard to load the equipment onto the lorry. By taking a comprehensive approach to H&S throughout all our activities, we aim to promote consciousness of the issues as a fundamental way of working.
We take pride in offering our customers the most up-to-date solutions in the scaffolding industry, and therefore we are prepared to put in place safety measures for any type of work you might need. For anyone working on scaffolding, risk assessment strategies offer the best opportunities to protect a workforce from harm. To learn more about our scaffolding risk assessment services, please don’t hesitate to get in touch and help us to promote safe working practices throughout the industry.