Are you having building work done and need scaffolding? The decision whether scaffolding is required will be down to the trader who can assess the risk and provide the relevant equipment. A lot depends on the type of work being done and what the risk levels are.

All tradespeople need to ensure that their work site is safe, for them as well as the homeowner. Should the need arise to work at height, they must lower the fall risk by making use of existing safe areas or by installing scaffolding. An example of tradespeople who might need to use scaffolding includes roofers. For a trusted Cheltenham Roofer, visit a site like

Most residential scaffolding will be of a standard structure. Normal scaffolding is constructed from the base and follows a set design. Should the property be of an awkward shape or design, it will be necessary for a scaffold designer to construct a specially made design to make sure the structure is safe, rigid and stable.

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When scaffolding sits entirely within the boundary on a homeowner’s property, there is no requirement for a special licence. However, should the scaffolding enter any part of a public pavement, road or neighbouring property, the contractor will need a licence form the local council. Remember though, that is the homeowner’s responsibility to ensure this is done and the correct paperwork has been attained.

For private residential building services, the contractor using the scaffolding is responsible for health and safety on site. The rules are slightly different for businesses or companies who have scaffolding on site, including landlords and property developers. They maintain the responsibility for ensuring health and safety for anyone who could be impacted by the scaffolding, and this includes the passing general public.

Scaffolding must be erected by a professionally trained scaffolding contractor. They are the only ones with the relevant expertise and experience to do so in a way that adheres to health and safety regulations. The tradesperson must check that they hold a valid Construction Industry Record Scheme card.

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Scaffolding must be checked by law at the following times:

·       Before the scaffolding is first used

·       Once a week after it is in place

·       After any changes, damage or harsh weather events

Scaffolding firms will have insurance due to the unique risk factors of working at height. The insurance covers those risks, as well as public liability to cover the risk of anything falling and injuring a member of the public. The insurance will also include employer’s liability to cover injury to the company’s workers while working at height. It is always good for peace of mind to check that the scaffolders have this type of insurance before they commence work.