Issue 15 features the very latest news, projects, views and insight from the scaffolding industry.
The recent UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) held in Glasgow late last year brought leaders from around the world to act together in a bid to limit temperature rises and the effects of climate change. COP26 showed us that working together in collaboration to try to solve a problem is half the battle. The UK construction industry has pledged to achieve net zero carbon by 2050, but how can the scaffolding sector help?
On page 27, GKR Scaffolding Strategy Director, Helen Gawor explains that sustainability is not just a buzzword anymore and shows how scaffolding businesses can reach Net Zero and win more business doing so. Meanwhile on page 32, Isaac Morrison, VERTEX Scaffolding Solutions Managing Director provides some handy tips for scaffolding businesses on helping the environment by reducing what we waste.
As many of our readers will know the shortage of labour is one of the key problems facing the scaffolding industry right now. Firms across the country are really struggling to find skilled scaffolders and to attract new workers into the industry as older experienced scaffolders leave. On page 34, Manchester based Connolly Scaffolding explains how they have confronted this major problem head-on. The business is shifting from the traditional tube & fitting scaffolding to a modular system scaffold that requires far less labour to erect and is much quicker to complete projects which their clients love.
Also in this issue, we speak to Paul Price the new Mechanical Access Director at Lyndon SGB about the firms Hybrid Access Solutions, see page 22. And we look at a new advanced guardrail system that is about to hit the market developed by two leading health and safety advisers that could be the future for scaffolder safety at height, see page 50.
Happy reading and stay safe!
Daniel Norton – Editor