A scaffolder is an essential component in the construction or renewal of high-rise or industrial properties. A tradesman who helps erect a sturdy and secure scaffold is indirectly responsible for the safety of every person who treads on it once it has been passed as safe for use.
A successful applicant for a scaffolder’s job or contract needs to be able work as part of a team and be fully conversant with safety at work procedures. The incumbent should be able to deal with all erection and dismantling operations and perform any alterations that the site foreman asks for.
Most organisations and scaffolding contractors recognise and accept the Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme (CISRS). Holders of valid CISRS cards are welcomed on construction and work sites. People with advanced level CISRS licenses have proved that they can undertake the more complex erections and oversee a gang.
Many of the job openings are paid on an hourly basis, with rates of up to £14.00 per hour or day rates of up to £110.00. In cases where the vacancy is for a full-time employee, a yearly salary of between £18,000 and £25,000 is the norm. Applicants need to be prepared to work anywhere in the UK. A current driving license offers candidates a distinct advantage.
Being able to put up scaffolds, rigs, guard rails and planks securely is integral in the job of a Scaffolder. This is so, as many work crews, construction workers and engineers will use this to access or lay foundations for buildings, or stages. They can be found on restoration jobs for old buildings, churches, bridges, power stations, or even major events. Scaffolders must be willing to work anywhere, anytime for however long it might take.
In scaffolding there are three main responsibilities; as the charge hand, fixer and labourer. Each plays an important part in the various areas of scaffolding. The time, place and demands of this job varies and like many manual work; the pay might be according to hours worked or by the project. Safety is key in this profession and professionals must wear harnesses, helmets, and other safety gear.
A Scaffolder usually performs many of the following tasks:
• Creating a safety net and guard rails for construction workers
• Delivering scaffolding equipment to job sites
• Attaching scaffolding equipment to a building
• Following the necessary safety guidelines
• Checking for weak areas and damage
• Making sure measurements are correct
• Being agile and physically strong
• Being responsible and respectful
• Bing organised, diligent and methodical
• Maintaining balance at high altitudes
• Thinking quickly and implementing safety practices
• Understanding technical drawings, plans and data
• Using coordination and working with a team
• Using good communication in written and verbal form
• Using the tools and instruments of the trade
People who pursue careers in Scaffolding are typically verse at handling being at high distances, having great hand eye coordination, stamina and physical ability. There are many NVQ, SVQ, BTEC, GSCE, certificate and diploma courses which one can take. General courses like:
• Building technology
• Design and craft
Many Scaffolders may choose to become apprentices and learn their trade by firsthand experience. These professionals are monitored by the Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme (CISRS), transitioning through different levels as they gain experience and skill.
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