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22/06/17
Scaffolding much like any trade is complex and should only be performed by competent fully qualified individuals. The trouble is that because of the stereotypical reputation that is associated with scaffolders, people make the mistake in thinking that it's only a 'semi-skilled' trade. This isn't helped by the way some small companies and believe it or not some larger companies go about running their businesses. The truth is that because of the way the trade was some 20 - 30 + years ago (health and safety being almost non-existent) and it being a 'hard wearing' occupation it only attracted a certain type of person. You had to be a bit mad in the head because a normal sane person wouldn't have done it. The problem that has plague many a managing director and many a H&S representative in recent years is convincing these 'mad' individuals that you can't do things the way they are used to. That is a very important point to remember, 'the way they are used to'. If you've been doing something day in and day out for some 15 or 20 years with no problems then you have been effectively brainwashed to accept certain conditions as the norm.

I believe that in the last 10 years scaffolding has turned a corner. For the most part the old school, dangerous ways have faded out and people are starting to give scaffolders the credit they deserve. The regulations are much more strict than they used to be and any scaffolder in charge of a gang has to be not only skilled and competent, but also have an intrinsic knowledge of the regulations that govern the way he and his subordinates conduct their day to day duties. Most companies run a lot smoother and safer with far less incidents and the quality of work being produced is second to none.

My problem and the whole point of this article is that I don't think enough is being done to make the public aware of how the industry has changed and what to expect from the scaffolding company that tenders for your work. There are still a large number of companies that even in this day and age are trading without appropriate insurance, under qualified or not qualified staff who install scaffolding that is sub-standard to say the least and if you asked them to provide you with a compliance sheet or a handing over certificate they wouldn't know what you are talking about! These are the companies that fully regulated, fully insured companies are competing against. How can a company invest in the training of its staff, therefore enabling individuals to better themselves and increase their earning potential whilst also supplying appropriate PPE thus ensuring that every scaffolding is installed in the correct manor and up to todays standards and also provide the paperwork to back it up and still compete in price with these cowboys! It's impossible! The trouble is that the general public doesn't know any different. They trust the opinion of the scaffolder stood in front of them. There are steps that the general public can take to ensure they are using a reputable company.

1. First and foremost look them up on companies house to see if they are registered.
2. Ask what amount of public liability cover they have and get them to provide proof.
3. Get the company to email copies of the tickets of the operatives that are going to do the work. Any professional company will have these on file so it will be no problem. Some trainees may not have their cards yet but you'll at least see that the scaffolder in charge of the gang is qualified.

4. When they send the quotation; Do they just send an email with a figure on it or do they have a template set out with a company letterhead? Do they explain the proposed work in detail including measurements and include any additional safety features that may be necessary so you are confident you know exactly what to expect and what you're paying for? Do they provide you with a compliance sheet showing your scaffoldings design criteria so that in the event of any structural failure you have conclusive evidence showing how the scaffolding should have been constructed for the scaffolding inspector which will help determine liability?

These are 4 simple things to consider when choosing the scaffolding contractor that you want to do your work. Yes it may be a little more expensive and price is often a deciding factor but you will be confident that the job will be run smoothly by experts who not only care about their own safety, but yours too. Also, if there ever was any problems you have the peace of mind that you can contact the company and the matter will be dealt with. These cowboy companies will just turn up and take the scaffolding away and you'll never see them again! If the price is a little outside your budget then contact the company; most professional companies understand that people have budgetary restrictions and are happy to work with you and come to a compromise. Helping each other out is what makes the world go round.

All the best

Steve Cummins - Editor
Scaffolding Service in Kent - Sittingbourne and Medway | Steve Scaffolding (Kent) Ltd

31/05/17
Steve Scaffolding (Kent) Ltd would like to welcome our newest employee and trainee scaffolder Christopher Kent. There are vast opportunities within the scaffolding industry for the right candidate. You spend your early career working your way up from a trainee to an advanced scaffolder, then from there those who show the potential can train to become supervisors and contracts managers. We want to offer all of these opportunities to all of our employees so that as the company grows and progresses so do the employees. This will create comradery which will lead to loyalty. We want to offer this to anyone from Sittingbourne, the Medway Towns or anywhere in Kent and the South East who joins our team. Scaffolding is a dangerous job so it is important that you join the right company that will train you properly and introduce you to a safe way of working. #safetyfirst.


All the best
Steve Cummins - Editor
Scaffolding service in Kent - Sittingbourne and Medawy | Steve Scaffolding (Kent) Ltd
23/03/17
For many years now I have been an advocate of traditional tube and fitting scaffolding. My attitude was that if it isn't broken, then don't fix it! However since starting my own scaffolding company in Kent I find myself looking for new and more cost effective systems of erecting scaffolding.
Enter the Readylock!

Readylock is a system of prefabricated transom units designed to connect the standards and ledgers on both the inside and outside line of scaffold together at the same time. there is no more need for several different types of scaffold fittings to connect the components together. Readylock does it in one! Plus they are load bearing so no need for additional lacing tubes for sheeted scaffolds etc. Whilst these are not new on the market (they have been around for some time now) they are new to my company. They will make for neater, more ridged structures whilst saving on equipment. This will result in faster installation times and many, even more satisfied customers.

I look forward to using Readylock in Kent, my locality being Sittingbourne and the Medway Towns - Gillingham, Chatham, Rochester and Strood. I only know of two large companies in Kent that uses the Readylock system predominantly but not of any small companies that do. Perhaps I can contribute to bringing Kent scaffolding into the 21st century.

All the best
Steve Cummins - Editor
Scaffolding service in Kent - Sittingbourne and Medway | Steve Scaffolding (Kent) Ltd
22/03/17
Today we erected some scaffolding on the front and back of a house in Chatham. It was a nice little job to start the day with. The house was situated on a very steep hill so just to be safe I put some chocks behind the back wheels of the truck. The scaffolding was to provide safe access to paint the fascia and soffit boards. The residents were very helpful in letting us walk the equipment through the house to the back and were on hand to make us cups of tea when we were thirsty. Most of the houses that we scaffold in Chatham have very restricted access and are situated in very narrow streets so this one was a rare pleasure. Many thanks to Dave Sedge from Diamond Builders for the work.

All the best
Steve Cummins - Editor
Scaffolding service in Kent - Sittingbourne and Medway | Steve Scaffolding (Kent) Ltd
03/03/17
Its always a gamble when you leave the yard in the morning to erect a scaffolding in Strood or indeed any of the Medway towns because you never know what the parking situation will be like. Most of the roads are narrow enough as it is and then there is always that one car that parks in the most awkward place possible. Luckily I have a small open back truck which is handy for these types of situation. The job itself was as straight forward as it gets in scaffolding, 2 8ft scaffold towers on the front and back of a residential property. So we got ourselves parked and we were ready to start. The job went smoothly and we gained another satisfied customer. If you live in Strood or any of the Medway towns and you need a local, reliable scaffolding service then please contact us via our website www.stevescaffolding.com.

All the best
Steve Cummins - Editor

Scaffolding service in Kent - Sittingbourne and Medway | Steve Scaffolding (Kent) Ltd

20/02/17
Well done to Bradley Webb on passing your health and safety test last weekend. Time to book that COTS course.
Scaffolding service in Kent - Sittingbourne and Medway | Steve Scaffolding (Kent) Ltd
21/01/17
Our eagerly anticipated project has begun. We've got to install scaffolding to 18 new build houses in Sittingbourne, Kent. We started last Wednesday and have made good progress so far. One pair (block of 2) is based out with a loading bay ready for the brickies, and blocking lifts and lower level scaffolds have been installed to a block of 4, and 3 more blocks of 2. Once these are completed then they will have to be dismantled and reinstalled on the remaining 4 plots. Its going to be a busy few months and we are looking forward to it. A special thanks to Frank@BallochConstruction for giving us the work.

All the best
Steve Cummins - Editor
Scaffolding service in Kent - Sittingbourne and Medway | Steve Scaffolding (Kent) Ltd
13/01/17
Hello and welcome to Steve Scaffolding (Kent) Ltd's News page. Here we will be showcasing articles and news blogs to keep you all updated on any changes or interesting developments within the company as they happen.

Its been an interesting first year for us. Its been hard work at times but the results are worth it. I was new to the Medway/Sittingbourne area when I decided to start my own scaffolding supply and installation company so I had zero contacts within the local area to start trading with. I knew that it would be a challenge but was confident I was up to the task. I spent the first 4/5 months working full time for scaffolding companies I had formed strong relationships with back in London (where I'm from originally) just so I could afford to pay my bills while the company was being set up, whilst spending all my spare time getting my head around the wonderful world of internet advertising. we started off very slowly, managing to pull in 4/5 small jobs a month, all of which had to be fit in around my day job by doing them in the evenings or weekends. After months of this I was starting to wonder if things were ever going to pick up. Its fair to say that I was getting pretty fed up but I refused to quit......

It was one morning in late April that I woke up and knew that something had to change and fast! The truth as far as I could see it was that as long as I was spending 11/12 hours a day 5/6 days a week working for someone else I would never be able to pay my company the attention it deserved and desperately needed. So I did what could turn out to be a very brave or very foolhardy thing..... I quit my full time job. I could now spend ALL of my time working towards what was most important to me, the success of my company.

So now I was completely on my own and fully submerged in the unknown. I had one job that was due to start the following week that would keep me busy for a few days and after that was any bodies guess. I had a young labourer who was one of my good friends son who was keen for any work I could give him so in the week that followed we went to work to get my one and only job installed.

The next month or so was a bit of a blur. I spent most of the time doing a complete overhaul on my website. I redone all of the write ups, changed the layout and started to look into my online presence. All of a sudden the phone started ringing and emails started coming through. I had enough work to keep my head above water and I was now spending most of my spare time pricing prospective work. I started getting to know some of the local builders and forging positive working relationships and continue to do so. I managed to keep a steady flow of work going right up until Christmas.

Its now the new year and the start of my second year and even though January is always a quiet month for small companies my outlook is positive. I would like to thank everyone who allowed us to provide them with our scaffolding service in Kent, Medway and Sittingbourne because without you we wouldn't be trading now.

All the best
Steve Cummins - Editor
Scaffolding service in Kent - Sittingbourne and Medway | Steve Scaffolding (Kent) Ltd
26/04/16
Great news for all our of prospective clients, we have a new website. You can now read up on our latest news, see what previous customers have had to say, view our gallery and contact us with just the click of a button.

All the best
Steve Cummins - Editor
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