Rising materials prices – what can scaffolding contractors can do about it?

TRAD Group CEO Des Moore: Rising materials prices – what can scaffolding contractors can do about it?

It’s been heartening to see how much effort and commitment has gone into revitalising the construction and scaffolding industries since the first lockdown just over a year ago. Working hard within Covid restrictions, we’ve all been doing our best to make sure that projects keep running, new developments can get started and that we can all work safely and...

How Scaffolding Businesses Can Scale-up In The Midst Of A Pandemic

How Scaffolding Contractors Can Scale-up In The Midst Of A Pandemic

Business owner and entrepreneur, Greg Wilkes, who with over 20 years of experience running construction companies from the ground up, tells us businesses can not only survive in 2021 but also grow. By now, we are all sick of talking and hearing about Coronavirus. Whilst we all welcome the roll-out of the vaccine so we can get back to ‘normal’,...

What does 2021 look like for the scaffolding industry?

TRAD Group CEO Des Moore: Rising materials prices – what can scaffolding contractors can do about it?

To survive the challenges of this year, I believe we need to be creative and collaborative, says Des Moore, TRAD Group CEO and NASC President (2017-19) I couldn’t have imagined, this time last year, that I would be writing about an industry that is challenged on every front. We were planning for the potential consequences of Brexit on the business,...

What is wrong with scaffolding health & safety?

I recently posted on LinkedIn about a temporary roof structure that had been erected over a busy pedestrianised street in south London. To give you some context, it was SO bad that amongst other comments on my post a technical advisor for the NASC commented on the photographs “Dangerous is an understatement”. I was that concerned by the structure that...

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 past few years, I’ve been talking...

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...

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