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Choosing a tradesmen for scaffolding or access tower hire
Scaffolding and access towers are crucial for the safety of your tradesmen when it comes to certain jobs. You want to be sure that they have been fitted correctly, and that you and your tradesmen are aware of all necessary safety procedures relating to them. Plentific’s website can generate a list of the best tradesmen in your local area that offer scaffolding or access tower hire while also giving you quick access to customer reviews that can help you make the right choice. With information on over 75,000 tradesmen across the UK, Plentific is dedicated to helping you find your ideal hire as soon as possible.
What do you need to know about scaffolding or access tower hire?
Before making any decisions you should ask your potential hires to assess your property. This should usually be free of charge, and will let you know what you will need to hire and how much it is likely to cost. By the time you are ready to hire a scaffolder you should have a timeline for your project, so let your choices know this before they give you a quote. The size of your property and the amount of time you need to rent the scaffolding for will be the biggest influencers when it comes to price.
It is likely that any tradesmen you are working or have worked with will be able to recommend a good scaffolder. Even if this is the case, be sure to check the experience and qualifications of your options. You need to be 100% confident that your choice will adhere to safety standards and that they have adequate experience working with properties of similar size to yours. A good indicator of expertise is if your choice is a member of a national tradesmen’s association, as such groups usually enforce high standards and codes of conduct for their members.
Ensure that they have a Construction Skills Certification Scheme card (CSCS), as this proves they have passed a CITB Health, Safety and Environment Test and should vouch for their skills. They should also have completed a New Entrant Trainee Scaffolding Labourer course (COTS). Ask your choices to provide customer reviews, as these are one of the best indicators for a tradesman’s standards of work and professionalism.
You must ensure that your scaffolder has adequate cover for accidental damage and liabilities. They will need to have the correct safety equipment for the job, and this also applies to any other tradesmen that will be using the scaffolding. You should also be sure of policies for if you need to keep the scaffolding or access tower longer than discussed. If you do not ask for an extension and get behind schedule you will likely be charged a late fee.
Depending on your project, you may also need to rent an alarm for your scaffolding, as certain tools and materials are valuable targets for thieves. Your tradesmen may also require you to rent a hoist, so that they can easily lift and lower their equipment. These will add to your quote, but will help ensure security and efficiency for your project.
How much does scaffolding or access tower hire cost?
The cost of hiring scaffolding or an access tower depends on the size of your property, your location in the UK and how long you will need the equipment for. Be wary of quotes that are suspiciously low, since you want to be sure that safety regulations are being strictly adhered to. The same goes for if a tradesman claims you can save money by leaving out certain features like hand rails.
You will be given a quote, usually at a fixed or daily rate. Feel free to ask for a price breakdown, as this can help you to compare your options. Have several quotes ready before making your final decision.