At the very centre of building work is usually some form of scaffolding. Unless this has been erected, how can tradesmen possibly expect to complete their work based high above the ground? It’s needless to say that many houses, events and landmarks owe a lot to the scaffolding trade as it continues to provide the very platforms required to get projects over the line. Below are just some of the key areas that scaffolding gets deployed and why it has become so integral to their respective industries.
The roofing industry is all about working a great height. Certain tasks that require basic maintenance may get away with ladders, but more substantial projects such as a complete roofing overhaul is going to need scaffolding. With scaffolding installed, roofers will be able to manoeuvre around buildings in a proficient manner and have the capacity to pass materials between different people in a methodical fashion. Scaffolding also allows roofers to feel at ease when they are working with harnesses often used whilst working on major commercial buildings.
If an event is only around for a short period of the year, why would you go through the trouble of installing permanent seating? Many music festivals and shows use scaffolding to help create temporary seating that can be erected and then dismantled after the festivities have come to an end. Many scaffolding companies will be using the same materials and transport them across the country, which can only be good for the environment with less reliance on further production of things made from steel or aluminium. The main stages at events such as Glastonbury will also be held up with scaffolding.
When you watch a movie or tv show, you really are looking at a very small portion of the main studio. Away from the camera, you are likely to see a vast array of scaffolding keeping all the lighting and cameras in position as the action gets underway. Simply head over to any behind the scenes for major movies and you will soon notice just how extensive the scaffolding can be for establishing certain shots and providing the atmosphere conducive to the type of film or show being worked on.
A whole host of landmarks across the world would have used scaffolding in order to get constructed. When you think big, you will usually cast your mind to things like the Eifel Tower in France and the imperious Statue of Liberty in New York, both of which couldn’t have possibly been built without the use of scaffolding. Closer to home, you may have recently heard that Big Ben will see its scaffolding removed after a few years of renovation work. It’s clear we owe a lot to the people who design and erect scaffolding at this scale, especially as they have helped to restore and even construct some of our favourite sites around the globe.
Taking it back a notch and you will often notice how smaller-scale projects such as a residential extensions will also call upon scaffolding. Certain extensions are almost like building a whole new house on an existing structure, so you can imagine the need for easy manoeuvrability and of course adherence to health and safety almost all the time.
This post was written by B3 Scaffolding.