Get used to higher pricing

Glynn Burrows

Glynn Burrows, TRAD Group Purchasing Manager discusses the higher prices for materials the industry is experiencing and how we should get used to it.  Like all construction industry suppliers, we’ve seen issues recently in terms of raw materials pricing, which in turn affects the prices of the products we buy. Prices for everything – from timber to steel – have...

Merit over Nepotism

Scaffold Design Engineer Ryan Scott

Following on from a previous featured piece, ‘The Robots are coming… and we are building them’. I was inspired to detail my own thoughts on paper. Now, if you have not read this article, I urge you to do so. The concerns of Simon Boyes were; if we are hindering the current and future generations of scaffolders to be...

What’s does the future hold for careers in the scaffolding industry?

TRAD UK CEO Des Moore - At a time when companies were already struggling to fill roles, the Covid pandemic has put extra stress on the industry, reflects Des Moore.

At a time when companies were already struggling to fill roles, the Covid pandemic has put extra stress on the industry, reflects Des Moore. For a company that’s coming up to its 50th anniversary, TRAD Scaffolding has certainly seen its share of industry challenges. And I know we’re not alone in that. Over the...

The Robots Are Coming And We Are Building Them!

Simon Boyes

We have all heard about robots and how they are going to steal our jobs and do everything that humans can do right?  The big question we need to ask ourselves says Simon Boyes is “are we turning humans into robots?” Some of you may have seen the videos being circulated on the internet of robots installing scaffolding couplers and...

An Agile Approach to Health & Safety with Site Supervision

Billy Jones, Director of scaffolding company, Millcroft, discusses the importance of supervision in ensuring site risks are addressed in real-time and health and safety is maintained.

Billy Jones, Director of scaffolding company, Millcroft, discusses the importance of supervision in ensuring site risks are addressed in real-time and health and safety is maintained. A meticulous approach to health and safety is integral to the success of any scaffolding business because the industry carries inherent hazards which must be managed effectively to reduce risk to employees, clients, delivery...

Bill Hill: ONS suicide statistics highlight need for vital work

Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity CEO Bill Hill reacts to the recent suicide figures published by the Office for National Statistics.

As well as the word unprecedented, we are now hearing the words mental health every day. That’s good because it means people are talking about the issues. But I was truly saddened to see the recent data published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), which found that male suicides are now at their highest in two decades and suicides peaked...

Are you in love with your customers?

Simon Boyes

There is a common misconception that if a scaffolding company specializes in one market, it is going to limit their ability to grow and scale their business. Understanding who your ideal customer is and how to best serve them will not only build stronger relationships but allow you to increase your market presence with new customers within the same...

Recession is an opportunity in Wolf’s clothing

business economic downturns

There are more opportunities to grow your wealth during periods of world crisis and economic downturns than any other period in history. Simon Boyes asks the question… are you ready to take advantage of it? 2020 has hit the scaffolding industry like a dropped ledger! The construction industry has not yet felt the same force of the pandemic as the...

What is going up, down under?

Scaffolding in the Australian market

Since the beginning of time, scaffolding has been used around the world to provide safe access for multiple uses.  We venture ‘down under’ to understand the Australian market landscape to understand who and what is driving the market, Simon Boyes reports. The Australian Scaffolding Industry is on the verge of a technology boom that is going to change the industry...

How do we stop scaffolders being killed or seriously injured from falls from height?

Morecambe Scaffolders Falls 30ft

Why in 2019 and 2020 are scaffolders still being killed and seriously injured through falls from height? It was the image of a young scaffolder being put into the back of an ambulance after falling from a roof working on a saddle scaffolding on 25th November 2019 in Morecambe Lancashire that the question needs to be asked, how do we...

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