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...

Could more apprentices be the answer to the skills shortage?

Could more apprentices be the answer to the skills shortage?

The construction industry is experiencing a skills shortage and unsurprisingly industry leaders are concerned. The problem isn’t new but it has been exacerbated in recent years by a number of factors. Primarily Brexit and an ageing workforce in the industry. A large proportion of British born construction workers are nearing retirement age (three in 10 British-born construction workers are over...

Cracking The SYSTEM

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As tech powers on, we ask ourselves, where is it going to fit into the scaffold world? Of course, we understand the role it takes in the pre-tendering/pre-planning of our work, in transport and communication, but where is the future for our operatives? What’s the application to the practical world of scaffolding? System scaffolding is now so widely used in...

Opinion: CISRS Mandatory CPD Course

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Our new industry blogger Mark Bisset gives his opinion on the recent announcement of the mandatory CPD course from CISRS. The latest hot topic within the UK scaffolding industry, is the planned introduction of continuing professional development training (CPD). This is for any individual involved in the scaffold industry, renewing or updating their competence levels. Negotiations regarding these changes has been...

A Mixed Message by CISRS Says Industry Insider

Mixed message by CISRS say's industry insider

Safety concerns affecting the Canadian scaffolding industry have been identified in a recent comprehensive study into the practise of mixing modular system scaffolding components. The article published by the Scaffold Industry Association of Canada (SIAC) outlines the risks of mixing Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) components. Meanwhile, here in the UK the CISRS (Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme) are making major...

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