Safestyle have to use scaffolding on certain installations to ensure the safety of the public, Safestyle Window Fitters and to make sure the windows are installed properly. At the time of survey a risk assessment is undertaken to check that fitters will be able to undertake the work effectively and safely. There are several government safety regulations governing working at height and failure to adhere to these regulations is punishable by fine or even imprisonment.
Safestyle are strong advocates of safety in the work place and have won numerous awards from the British Safety Council. We adhere to the legal guidelines outlined by the Health & Safety Executive Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and Work at Height Regulations 2005 to ensure the safety of the public and our Fitter.
The regulation places duties on employers, contractors and building owners to ensure the safety of those undertaking the work at height. The Work at Height Regulation comes into effect at any height above ground floor level that “if precautions were not taken, a person could fall a distance liable to cause personal injury”, understandably installing windows frequently falls into this category.
It also comes into effect if anyone “could fall from an edge, through an opening or fragile surface” such as a conservatory. Scaffolding also has the added benefit of minimising of falling debris that could cause damage to conservatories.
Because structures requiring scaffolding vary greatly, each scaffolding installation has to be designed around the property in a bespoke configuration. The scaffolding has to follow specific guidelines that are set out by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) to ensure safety to both the public and user. Failure to comply can result in fines in excess of £100,000.
On a practical level, scaffolding allows the work to be undertaken. Certain installation types can be completed from the interior of the property, but this requires ladders to be safely positioned in front of the window that do not cause an obstruction to the general public or liable to fall. The ladder can then be used to finish, seal and inspect the window from the exterior of the building.
An assessment is made at the time of the survey as to whether scaffolding is required, either due to height or obstructions such as conservatories but also as to whether scaffolding is a quicker way to install the windows allowing the team to work individually to complete customer installations.
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