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05/04/19

Since 2010, the iPad has quickly become indispensable in people’s lives as a powerful, portable and user-friendly tablet. Occupying the space between the mobile phone and the computer, the iPad resembles the modern mobile phone while boasting the power and usability of the iMac. With its touchscreen display instead of a keyboard and large range of powerful applications, the iPad was first mass-market tablet to achieve widespread popularity in the heady days of the early 2010s. From browsing on Amazon at home to watching Netflix, doing office work on a business trip to using it as a point-of-sale device - the iPad is a modern engineering marvel.

Having such amazing capabilities in one small portable machine means that there a lot of things that can go wrong though! Like its little brother the iPhone, the mobility of the iPad is often the cause of its biggest repair - breaking the screen. This can happen in many different ways but it’s usually caused by the owner dropping it onto a hard surface, such as a kitchen floor or a concrete path when out and about. The extent of the damage that an iPad suffers when it is dropped to the floor is largely down to how it lands. If the iPad hits the ground face down then it is likely that it won’t suffer too much damage as the impact is spread evenly over the entire surface. However, this impact may weaken the integrity of the material which can make it more susceptible to shattering if it gets dropped again, even if you can’t see any visible damage. If your iPad hits the ground on one of its corners though, the uneven surface means that all the energy from the fall hits a small point and is focused which leads to a shattered screen.

When one of these things happen all of them are likely to elicit a wince, a curse or at worst, a scream! The iPad is an expensive piece of kit whatever way you look at it and its manufacturer can certainly charge you a lot to fix the screen. Thankfully Dr Mobile Repairs offer an unbeatable service at a price that you can afford. Here is how they do it:

The iPad Glass 14-Step Repair Process

1. Back Up

Firstly, the engineer will back up all of your data using iTunes or iCloud to ensure that your precious information is safe.

2. Heating

The engineer then will heat up the sides of the iPad using a heat gun. The purpose of this is to make the adhesive that holds the screen panel in place unstuck.

3. Prying

A thin pry tool is inserted into a top corner of the iPad to gradually inch the screen up. Once the corner of the iPad has become successfully separated, the engineer keeps the pry tool under the panel and employs another prying tool to slide down and remove the entire panel. Great care is used during this process as the WiFi antenna or the cameras digitiser cable can easily be damaged. The heat gun is often applied again at this stage to enable to smooth removal of the panel.

4. Disconnecting The Panel From The Main Circuit Board

Now that the engineer has the front panel off of the iPad, he or she will need to disconnect it from the circuit board. To do this the engineer will remove the LCD display by unscrewing its screws and disconnecting the LCD plug which is under the LCD screen. The panel is now free to be removed.

5. Removing The Panel

The engineer can now remove the front panel by using the two locking levels that fasten it to the body of the iPad’s case.

6. Removing The Camera Digitiser Cable

The next job for the engineer is to remove the camera digitiser cable. This is located at the bottom left of the iPad and needs to be slowly peeled away from the metal shielding of the main board.

7. Removing The Home Button

As the smashed front panel is now one hundred percent removed, the engineer now has to remove the home button. He or she does this by using a screwdriver to take out its two screws and then using the heat gun again to heat up the bracket holding it. The engineer can then pry the button off and then remove the camera plate at the top. The engineer then takes special care to remove all the adhesive by scraping it off with help from the heat gun again.

8. Reattach The Home Button

Now that everything is ready for the replacement, the engineer will reattach the home button to the new front panel.

9. Reattach The Metal Camera Plate

Next, the engineer will reattach the metal camera plate to the new front panel.

10. Reconnect The Digitiser Cable

By flipping down the two locking levers, the engineer can reattach the digitiser cable so that the iPad case and front panel are connected again.

11. Reconnect the LCD Screen

The next task for the engineer is to reconnect the LCD screen by using the four screws that were removed earlier.

12. Checking

The engineer then carefully places the front panel onto the iPad to ensure that it aligns as it should. By turning on the iPad, he or she can also make sure that it works properly and boots up. If everything looks good then the engineer will turn the iPad off.

13. Adhesive

Once the engineer knows that everything is properly aligned and working as it should, he or she can apply adhesive to the iPad body. Extra care is taken to ensure that there is no dust or dirt trapped between the LCD screen and the front panel of glass.

14. Flip The Front Panel

The engineer’s last step is to very carefully flip the front panel onto the iPad case and make sure that it aligns correctly while sticking to the adhesive as it should. Once he is confident that it’s all held down securely the engineer can then inspect the screen and appreciate his or her handiwork.

Dr. Mobile Repairs - iPad Repair And Mobile Phone Fixing

Dr. Mobile is Nottingham’s most reliable and effective phone repair company whose mission is to remove the stress from phone breakages. We can all agree that mobile phones are great, but we rely on them for everything so getting them back working again quickly and inexpensively as possible is of paramount importance! Dr. Mobile’s staff are experts in the field of mobile phone and iPad mini screen repair and draw upon a vast range of experience to efficiently solve any issue on any product. We’ve all seen the extortionate prices that manufacturers try and charge for often simple repairs; this is why Dr Mobile Repairs make it a priority to keep our services as low as possible while maintaining our exact attention to detail.

We are so confident in our repair services and the skill of our engineers, that we offer a three-month guarantee where we will repair it again completely free of charge. We provide repairs on a wide variety of products, from Galaxys and iPhones to tablets and laptops, and we also offer a speedy phone unlocking service that allows you the liberty of choosing the mobile phone service provider that you wish. Give Dr Mobile Repairs call on 07970123451 or email us via our website for a quote on your repair or alternatively pop into our Nottingham store for an expert opinion.
05/04/19
It’s hard to consider a world in which touch screens aren’t an integral part of our lives. What seemed like a far-flung fantasy from the realms of a sci-fi novel 50 years ago has swiftly become the most efficient way to use some of our most popular electronic products.

Throughout the world, we have welcomed touch screen technology, utilising it for our phones, computers and tablets and it doesn’t look like it’ll be slowing down anytime soon. With this in mind, we decided to take a closer look at this essential technology and how it irrevocably changed the world.

3 Ways touch screens changed the world

Humble beginnings

Although the advent of touch screen technology seems to be a relatively recent affair, it’s beginnings can be traced all the way back to 1965. E.A. Johnson is credited with creating what would be known as the first capacitive screen, the technology needed to allow for touch screen technology to work.

From here on, various innovations tweaking the technology began to appear throughout the 20th century, from Hewlett-Packard’s HP -150, one of the first fully functioning touch screen computers made in 1983 to the Simon Personal Computer, the first touch screen phone made a mere 10 years later.

The touch screen invasion

Of course, it wasn’t until the turn of the millennium that touch screen technology really came into its own. Windows released their first touch screen tablet in 2002, helping to kick off the consumer market for touch screen products. However, it would be Apple that took the world by storm when it released the iconic iPhone in 2007, becoming the blueprint for all phones used today.

Since then, touchscreen technology has become a way of life, with over 60% of the UK population owning a touch screen smartphone. It’s also now becoming more and more commonplace for touch screen computers to be used, especially within creative industries such as graphic design.

The future of touch screen technology

The future really is limitless when it comes to touchscreen technology and many are beginning to look toward the new and exciting ways we could one day see touchscreens being utilised.

Optical recognition is the next big step in touchscreen innovation, filling the screen with infrared components that will allow the screen to technically ‘see’ what is touching its surface. This will allow you to simply wave your hand above the screen to use it an lá Minority Report!

Keep your touchscreens safe with Dr Mobile Phone Repair

Touchscreen technology really has revolutionised how we interact with electronics in the modern era, however, when they break, it can be a real pain.

Luckily, at Dr Mobile Phone Phone Repairs, we offer our customers comprehensive mobile and laptop screen repair so you can rest assured that you can scroll to your heart's delight. For more information, visit our website.
03/04/19
By its very nature, a building sight is a highly hazardous environment. For the most part this is something that can’t be helped due to the usage of large machinery and working at great heights - by default making it a very dangerous place to work. In 2018, a survey by HSE, (Health and Safety Executive) indicated that the amount of workplace injuries has sharply risen in the construction sector. HSE revealed that 144 workers were fatally injured between April 2017 and April 2018 - this equates to a rate of 0.45 workers per 1000,000 workers. This is an overall increase of 27% compared to the most recent record of workplace deaths in 2016/17.

Taking this into consideration, workplace safety is absolutely imperative. It’s the responsibility of both the employer and employees to implement this safety into professional working practices. This guide will provide advice and guidance on the issue on health and safety on a building site or the construction industry with the aim to eliminate or reduce the risk of danger on site.

The most frequent workplace accidents

For the most part, fatal injuries are rare events on building sites.. However, here we’ve accumulated the highest statistics for the most frequent workplace accidents:
  • Falls from a height - 35%
  • Being struck by a moving vehicle - 26%
  • Hit by a moving object - 23%
  • Trapped by equipment that has collapsed or is overturning - 16%
  • Contact with moving machinery - 13%

Taking these statistics into consideration, the highest percentage of accidents involves working at a height - this would indicate that working on scaffolding can potentially involve many risk factors. It’s estimated that around 65% of all construction workers perform some kind of work on scaffolding every year. The main issue comes down to whether or not your scaffolding is safe. This indicates that for a scaffolding to be safe - it must be erected by trained professionals with the supervision of a qualified and competent person that has had experience putting up scaffolding before. It's also imperative that each employee is equipped with the proper protection and equipment they need to work efficiently and have been thoroughly trained.

Scaffolding safety

Working as a scaffolder means that you provide service on all kinds of construction projects, as in most cases, scaffolding is usually a necessity. You could be working on any kind of project ranging from, housing, factories, offices, roads or bridges. You’ll be working at various heights and potentially working over water.
This following list provides you with an overview of the tasks a scaffolder would typically do:
  • Preparing the site area
  • Working to align with plans/structural plans
  • Moving equipment manually
  • Erecting various types of scaffolding/scaffolding towers
  • Working in proximity to the general public
  • Transporting materials
  • Accessing work at height
  • Using power tools
  • Supervising activities
  • Working as a team
  • Using harnesses
  • Inspecting the scaffolding for defective issues
  • Working in alignment with method statements and risk assessments

As you can see, working as a scaffolder involves a variety of different tasks and provides valuable services to the building industry. Moreover, to sustain this valuable service, you will need the adequate training and specific to this work. To meet the required specification of the Work At Height Regulations Act 2005, scaffolding work should be organised as follows

Organisation and planning

As you can see, working as a scaffolder involves a variety of different tasks and provides valuable services to the building industry. Moreover, to sustain this valuable service, you will need the adequate training and specific to this work. To meet the required specification of the Work At Height Regulations Act 2005. Every employer organising work at height should ensure the work is properly and efficiently planned and appropriately supervised throughout. A good scaffolder will always ensure they inspect the equipment during the planning process and report any defects. The equipment must be of good quality as cheap scaffolding will have a shorter lifespan and potentially be faulty. If an accident should happen, it must be reported to the appropriate supervisor, manager or responsible person. Most employers have a ‘no blame’ culture at work, nevertheless, but reporting any issues you see is paramount to prevent further accidents from happening.

Working at height

As previously mentioned, the main risk factors involved in working on scaffolding whether it be commercial or residential properties is falling from the structure or materials dropping onto people below. The Working At Height Regulations Act states that there is an obligation to the scaffolding company and the self-employed to manage the safety of the project in a monitored and controlled manner. This particular legislation entails that:
  • Potential risks when at height must be identified and minimized
  • The appropriate use of handrails, toe guards, and edge protection which is required to reduce the hazards associated with falling
  • Installing secure and stable working platforms that are able to withhold substantial weight appropriately
  • If ladders are going to be used, this must be pre-planned, how will they be incorporated into the structure
  • You must have a scaffold inspection report
  • The necessary equipment adopted to prevent any fatal falls from the scaffolding
  • The workers who erect the scaffold must be competent working within ‘at height’ requirements

Tower scaffolding

This type of scaffolding is widely used in the building industry alongside regular scaffolding. The same hazards are still very much applicable to tower scaffolding and without the appropriate formal training and safety measures can pose a significant threat to those working on site. In 2018, a scaffolding firm based in Maidstone was fined £30,000 and ordered to pay up to £6,500 in costs and maintenance after an employee fell five meters from a scaffolding tower and died. HSE inspector Stephen Green was quoted as saying “had the work been properly planned with suitable access equipment, correctly placed and erected, by those with adequate training, the work could have been done safely and this tragedy could have been averted.” Taking this into consideration, safety for this type of scaffolding is evidently of equal importance. It is essential that you do not erect or inspect this type of scaffolding unless you are qualified to do so. You must also be sure it’s based on firm level ground with the feet adequately supported. It's recommended that prior to using a scaffolding tower that you query with the manufacturer about the recommended height regulation to work at.

The following directions apply:
  • Ensure the tower is on level dry ground
  • Do not permit any heavy equipment or materials being put on the scaffold tower
  • Don’t use the tower to support a rubbish shoot or as a hoist
  • Always use a ladder and do not under any circumstances climb the ladder
  • The tower should not be moved or altered with anyone stood on it
  • Be aware of overhead power lines before moving
  • Always make sure brakes are applied and working
  • Use a brick guard where necessary

Get a breakdown of scaffolding prices

Any building project is going to be a little costly, but it's important that you ensure that your scaffolding contractor is clear with you about the ensuing costs. Always request an initial quote, most high quality and professional scaffolder firms will happily provide this. When you get your initial quote find out what services are included within this. For example, some scaffold may not include transportation costs, or storage units within the first quote. It's also worth enquiring if customer services and aftercare is also included in this quotation - just in case of any issues that occur during or after the process. If you are totally clear on what is included in the price and what is attached to this, you can appropriately plan your budget and have everything in place prior to the construction process.

Finding the right scaffolding companies

Finding the right company for you doesn't have to be complicated. It's an easy mistake to make thinking that they're all pretty similar, nevertheless, while each scaffolding company may be providing the same service, there’s a few varying things that will determine the overall quality of your experience. Selecting the right firm will equate to the value for money, convenience and quality. Scaffolding may be a temporary necessity, however you still need to ensure that the safety, budget and insurance are in keeping with your needs. Looking for a scaffolding company with a good amount of experience is important too, this ensures that you will be getting access to good quality equipment but also their extensive experience. Hiring a scaffolding firm that is local to you, can perhaps also be beneficial in the sense that they can recommend labourers or other local resources to aid the convenience of your project if you require it.

DH Scaffold Services Ltd is a specialist scaffold design company committed to providing an efficient and cost-effective experience. Established in 2011, we have years of expertise as a scaffolding firm providing quality solutions to many happy customers. We provide an on site survey service where we visit the location of your project to understand the needs of your project. DH Scaffold Services Ltd operate entirely in the UK, so please don’t hesitate to get in contact so we can provide a free quote, or a visit to your site. We are based in Sheffield so please get in touch to ask about a potential site visit or any other general queries.
03/04/19
Working at height can be dangerous. Whether you’re carrying out repairs on an old building or are constructing a brand new one, using a scaffolding structure is essential to ensure that you can work safely and securely. A poorly constructed scaffold tower, however, can be extremely dangerous and lead to accidents and injuries, which is why you should always use a professional scaffolder. Below we take a look at just four of the benefits of using a professional scaffolder.

Safety

It is your duty to ensure that your staff are safe and protected while carrying out their jobs. One of the biggest benefits of hiring scaffolding is the enhanced safety that they provide. A professional scaffolder will carefully and thoroughly assess your requirements and, from there, design a supportive structure with high-grade materials to ensure that the scaffolding is safe and usable. Remember, a poorly erected scaffold structure can put your employees at risk and cause delays to building work.

Advice

In addition to building the scaffolding structure for you, a reputable scaffolding company can offer invaluable advice, such as the safety precautions you should take when using the scaffolding and further equipment that you may require. Professional scaffolders can also advise you on how to make the most of your scaffolding, as well as answer any concerns or questions that you may have.

Convenience

Another huge benefit of using a professional scaffolding company is the convenience of the service that they offer. Once your site has been assessed, an appropriate scaffolding tower will be constructed quickly, ensuring that your team can begin their work as soon as possible. Once you have finished your project, professional scaffolders will conveniently dismantle the structure and remove it from the premises.

Cost-effective

A professional scaffolder will offer competitive rates and provide you with a quote from the very start, ensuring that you can budget and prepare for their services. As a building company, you may find yourself tempted to design and erect scaffolding yourselves as part of your service; this, however, comes at a great cost. As scaffolding is a trade in itself, the cost of expanding your services to offer this trade is both costly and time-consuming. In order to keep costs low, it is advised to hire a professional scaffolder.

DH Scaffold Designs

DH Scaffold Services Ltd is a specialist scaffold design company committed to providing an efficient, safe and cost-effective service to our clients. Our clients include architects, civil engineering contractors, scaffolding contractors and structural engineers. No matter how small or large the project, we always apply a professional and enthusiastic approach to produce the right solution for your project. For more information about our scaffold services, visit our website.
03/04/19
If you are currently in the process of looking for a reliable and professional scaffolding company, you may find yourself wondering how to decide which company is best for your needs. There are a large number of scaffolding companies around, and you may not know where to start when it comes to separating the good from the bad.

Firstly, conducting your own research and asking around for recommendations is essential. Once you have found a view reputable scaffold companies who appear to be up to the job, there are a few crucial questions that you should ask to ensure that you are choosing the right company for your requirements.

Can you provide a quote?

All reputable scaffold companies will be able to provide you with an upfront quote, with no hidden costs. The cost of hiring scaffolding will be a deciding factor for many, so it is absolutely essential that you request a quote beforehand. Ask for a breakdown of the estimate that you are provided with, including all of the services that are included in this quote. You should also ask whether there is any additional delivery, dismantling or storage costs.

Can you provide testimonials and references?

In order to check the reputation of a company, you should always request testimonials or previous customer references. This is a great way to check if previous clients have been satisfied with their services - something that is very important when choosing a company. If a company is reluctant to provide testimonials or references, this could be a warning sign and you should take your business elsewhere. The last thing you want is to use a scaffold company who cuts corners or uses cheap materials.

Do you offer any other services?

In addition to scaffold hire, ask the company in question if they offer any additional services. Some companies, for example, offer truck and skip hire in addition to scaffold services, which could be an ideal way to limit the number of suppliers you use for a building project.

Do you have experience of dealing with previous building projects similar to ours?

Naturally, you want to find the right company for your needs. If you are carrying out repairs on a large old building, for example, you do not want to choose a company that only has experience designing and constructing scaffolding for small home improvement projects. It is also worth asking how long the company has been in business. A well-established business will have the suitable skills and knowledge to provide you with the best service.

At DH Scaffold Services Ltd, we provide safe, cost-effective and efficient scaffold services for a range of different clients. We produce effective scaffold solutions for projects big and small across the whole of the UK. Visit our website to learn more about our services.
03/04/19
Working at height can be extremely dangerous and put you at risk if you are not following the correct safety precautions. Many industries, such as construction, require employees to work at height which is often unavoidable when constructing new buildings or making repairs on old ones.

At DH Scaffold, we understand how important it is to ensure that both you and your employees are safe while working at height. Follow our top tips below.

Avoid working at height where possible

Often, it is advised to avoid working at height unless absolutely necessary. Wherever possible, you should aim to avoid putting yourself at risk. If it is possible to complete the work and achieve the same result on the ground, then you should do this instead. Try to do as much work as you can whilst on the ground, such as organising equipment beforehand and preparing suitable materials.

Plan the work beforehand

It is important that, before you begin working at height, you produce a clear plan of the process. This plan should consider potential evacuation procedures, emergency situations, potential risks to people around, and more. Should something go wrong, you and your employees should be prepared to deal with the situation.

Use the correct equipment

Before carrying out any work, it is important that you use the correct equipment to safely complete the task. The type of equipment you require will depend on the type of work being carried out and the height you need to reach. A ladder, for example, may be sufficient for a small painting job, however scaffolding is absolutely necessary for larger construction projects.

Ensure staff complete the relevant training

All members of staff working on a building project should have completed the relevant training (IPAF or PASMA courses) to use mobile access towers and powered access equipment. Even if your staff are simply using ladders, they should have received the appropriate training on how to work at height on ladders. If your staff are not trained to operate the equipment, you should acquire a qualified operator.

Monitor the work

The work or job being carried out should always be monitored closely to ensure that staff are completing the work correctly and using equipment safely. This is imperative in order to prevent any risks, injuries or accidents. Should you notice anything wrong with the safety of the work being carried out, be sure to stop the work and to address the problem.

DH Scaffold Services Ltd is a specialist scaffolding design consultancy for the construction industry. Should you require scaffolding for your next construction project in the UK, do not hesitate to get in touch with us today.
03/04/19
Although you may not realise it, scaffolding is a mechanism that has been used for centuries. The first known use of scaffolding dates back to the prehistoric era, this is known because there are still visible holes in the caves of Lascaux, Southwest France. The scaffold mechanism would have been used to for the occupants of the caves to enscript on the walls and are still visible some 17,000 later. In the medieval era, specialised monks were trained as scaffolders to build abbeys and construct churches - a trend that played out until the 20th century with scaffolder monks continuing to build some of the UK’s finest Abbey’s - including Buckfast Abbey built in 1930.

Types of scaffolding have existed for almost as long as people have been building. Any kind of building that extended at greater lengths than human reach, always required some kind of scaffolding to facilitate the construction of it and continue building upwards. Other types of building required scaffolding to ensure builders and other traders can work safely. Those who work in construction have been evolving and developing scaffolding for thousands of years, all in the name of creating safe structures at a minimal cost. Bearing this in mind, the importance of scaffolding cannot be underestimated. Thousands of iconic world landmarks would not exist without scaffolding, moreover neither would almost any type of building. With this in mind, read on to discover the importance of scaffolding and how whether you’re building a suburban house or a skyscraper, without selecting the right type of safe and quality scaffolding, you may encounter some major issues.

Safety for scaffolders

The reason that scaffolding has been in existence for so long, is due to the many benefits it has in making a building project run as smoothly and safely as possible. Using scaffolding puts builders exactly where they need to be; ensuring they can safely work within a wider and stronger surface area. Safety should be a priority on any building site, a safe and well functioning scaffold offers you peace of mind and creates a secure workplace for construction workers. Another point being that if the if building work is taking place within a public vicinity, essential safety equipment such as barrier netting and herace fence tarps also benefit pedestrians and the public ensuring that nothing potentially falls on them.
Another significant factor considered when using scaffolding is that scaffolding gives workers a flat stable platform to work on, and allows for workers to be present on the scaffolding at various platforms. This will increase the speed of a project and ultimately make it more cost effective. By the very nature of being a scaffolder, you’ll provide service on many kinds of construction projects and scaffolding is always essential. The kinds of projects you could work on will vary massively, anything ranging from factories, houses, roads or bridges. But one thing is consistent and that is - safety. For a professional scaffolder, it's essential that you meet the required specifications of Work At Height Regulations Act 2005.
As previously highlighted, the key risk factors involved with working on construction scaffolding involve, falling from the structure or materials dropping off on the scaffolding onto people below. The scaffolding company as well as the self employed have an obligation to manage and maintain the safety of a project. The potential risks of working on scaffolding have to be identified and minimized in order for the whole operation to run effectively.

Some of the main areas of health and safety that must be implemented are:
  • The appropriate use of handrails, toe guards and edge protection. (All implemented to reduce the risk of falling.)
  • Installing stable platforms to adequately withhold the weight of workers and their equipment.
  • A thorough scaffolding inspection report carried out prior to the work beginning.
  • All workers who are present to erect the scaffolding must be fully competent working at ‘at height’ regulations.

Beneficial to productivity

Not only is scaffolding beneficial to the safety of a project, but can also aid productivity by decreasing lost work time from potential accidents, by maximising employees peace of mind and overall morale. Studies of ‘in time and motion’ on building sites have indicated that builders are much more productive when they are level with the work they are doing. If the workers are in the position that they need to be, they will spend a lot less time stretching and stooping - going up and down ladders to get to where they need to be. Productivity is an important factor for any employer, but particularly in regard to scaffolding, it’s an increasingly pressing concern as contractors aim to be competitive in relation to more labour intensive methods- scaffolding is one of the key areas where you can actively make a concerted effort to aid productivity.

Scaffolding prices

When it comes to selecting the right kind of scaffolding for you, it's essential that you know what you need prior to going into the project. Regional variations can have a significant impact on the overall price, while the size and the length of time the scaffolding is needed will also be reflected in the initial quote you will receive. The average length of time most people hire scaffolding for is six to eight weeks. If you’re project is expected to be a little longer, you may have to pay an additional weekly rental rate from that point onwards. Location is also dependent on the price of your scaffolding, for example if you're working in a busy metropolitan area or city, your scaffolding is likely to cost more than it would a quiet, residential area. In terms of pricing, another key factor to consider is if you need any special requirements. These kinds of requirements could include having to bridge a gap over a over a driveway or conservatory. This wouldn’t be an issue if you have specialist equipment, however it will most likely cost you slightly more. Another brief point to consider is - what is the height of your scaffolding? The higher you need to go, will also attribute to the overall costs. This includes having to scale a narrow alley or place footings in public areas.

Scaffolding services

The kind of service a scaffolding company can provide is vast and is largely dependant on your needs. You can get your scaffolding structure designed for you, and a good, reliable scaffolding firm can provide the necessary guidance for construction workers on how to safely erect the scaffolding. If time is of the essence and you have concerns about how long it is going to take to get the scaffolding structure down, many scaffolding businesses will provide a disassembly service, this can be factored in to your initial quote. This is essential in giving you the clarity of being completely clear on your ensuing costs and removes the fear of going drastically over budget.

DH Scaffolding Ltd, based in Sheffield, is a specialist scaffolding design company who are dedicated to providing a quality, and cost effective service. With years of industry experience, we understand the importance of having your construction project run as safely and smoothly as possible. With countless satisfied customers, we provide an on site service where we will happily visit the site of your project and discuss your requirements with you or your client. Please get in touch to speak to our friendly team and receive a free quote, or fill out one of our design request forms and we’ll get back to you asap.
03/04/19
Scaffolding will always be one of the most highly used construction tools, regardless of a project, whether it's a small domestic job or a commercial property project - scaffolding equipment is always required. Safety for construction sites are the reason that scaffolding exists, allowing workers to be at height without posing a high risk of falling. Since safety is imperative in any working environment, scaffolding must be strong, reliable, and in keeping with health and safety standards. Scaffolding systems are governed by a set of standards that must be factored in, but also in the process of organising a building project you must consider what policies and regulations apply to you so you can assemble and operate your scaffolding safely and efficiently. This guide is intended to confirm what are the necessary points to consider and the information needed for the planning process involved with using scaffolding.

By definition, scaffolding is a temporary structure erected to support access and working platforms. This includes:
  • Prefabricated scaffolds
  • Tube and coupler scaffold
  • Cantilevered scaffold
  • Suspended scaffold

At the beginning of this process, there are several points for the scaffold contractor to consider for an accurate and safe design process. Planning is the first step to ensuring that work is performed safely. Planning for scaffolding operations should begin as early as possible, and involve some level of consultation with everyone involved in the process including the main contractor, the plant owner, the supplier/erector, designer, sub-contractor, and safety personnel. The basics for this initial checklist include:
  • Choosing the right scaffolding for the task
  • Consideration of live or environmental loads
  • Scheduling of the coordination
  • Planning of the dismantling and operations on or near the scaffolding
  • The implementation of scaffold plans and handover certificates

Scaffolding Safety Measures

Effective planning and following a checklist will help the operation to run as smoothly as possible as well as protect the people involved - those erecting and dismantling the scaffolding, working on or in nearby public areas. This checklist can be implemented to assist in the setup and general usage of scaffolding at construction workplaces. The assessment can be led by a principal contractor, person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU), or a health and safety representative (HSR) and should be followed in consultation and coordination with everyone involved in the process. The Health and Safety Act of 2011 highlights that a PCBU must consult (as far as it is reasonably practicable) with workers who are going to be directly affected by matters of health and safety. Records of completed checklists can be kept and monitored and reviewed over the duration of the process. An estimated 2.3 million construction workers or 65 percent of the construction industry work on scaffolding, so it is essential that the scaffolding company safeguard those who will are potentially put at risk. Some of the key health and safety items you must consider include the following:
  • Ensuring that those who are employed are fully competent for the work involved and have received the necessary training relevant to the type of work they will be doing.
  • Those employed must have sufficient levels of supervision taking into consideration the complexity of the work involved and receive the necessary training for erecting and dismantling the scaffolding.
  • As a requirement - every scaffolding firm must have at least one member who has received the training required for the type of scaffold being worked on.
  • Trainee scaffolders must work within the supervision of a trained and competent scaffolder. ‘Operatives’ are technically classified as trainees up until they have received the necessary training and assessment.
  • Scaffolding operatives must be fully aware of and ongoing changes in safety guidance and the necessary professional practices involved within the scaffolding industry.

Further guidance on the necessary expertise of advanced scaffolders including details of which structures are deemed suitable to erect scaffolding can be found on the Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme (CISRS) website.

Scaffolding Equipment

The necessary tools and equipment you need for scaffolding can vary depending on what type of scaffolding you are going to use or if you are using a scaffolding tower. However, there are a few fundamental items that you will generally need for a scaffolding project. These are as follows:

Planks

These are used for the scaffolders to walk on and will need to be of an appropriate size and made of a suitable, durable material. The planks will usually come in the form of wooden boards or steel or aluminium planks. The planks should have the strength to be able to hold at least two average-sized men.

Cross bars

Cross bars describe the diagonal bars that go across the frame keeping the scaffold structure in place, providing extra strength. This means the scaffold can support much heavier loads and also allows for it to be built higher but still be safe. Moreover, the cross bars provide an additional barrier to prevent anyone from falling from the scaffolding.

Framing

These are the bars and poles which go across the framing of the scaffold structure making up the general structure of the frame. The framing must be regularly checked over time to ensure that the condition of it is suitable for continued usage. Poles that appear to be rusting should be replaced as this is an indication that they are not as strong as they should be.

Pins and clamps

These devices are simply used to keep the structure together, and it is integral that they are regularly checked. This is because, if one pin or clamp fails or is damaged, the integrity of the whole structure is put at risk.

Base plates

These are placed under the lower scaffold poles and spread the weight of the scaffold so the legs of the scaffold can put less pressure on the ground. They also prevent the structure from slipping.

Safety barriers

Dependent on the intended use of the scaffold, added safety features may be required. Although netting may not necessarily be strong enough to prevent a person from falling, it can prevent any building equipment from falling off of the scaffold structure - also protecting anyone working below the structure.

Tape measure and socket set

Although it sounds obvious, a tape measure is essential in making sure that the scaffold is built in accordance with the requirements set out in the plan. In addition to this, without a reliable socket set or spanner, you will be unable to tighten any of the clamps, another essential feature of the scaffold.

Personal protection

In the UK, it is a requirement that anyone working on a building site has the necessary safety equipment and protective clothing to protect themselves. This would include, a high visibility jacket, steel-toed shoes and a hard hat.

Scaffolding licensing

It will be the responsibility of the scaffolding company to acquire a license for any kind of scaffolding used. However, it's the responsibility of the contractor to ensure that the legal documentation is in place and doesn’t run out prior to the project ending. If you are planning to use scaffolding, an application must be submitted before any kind of structure can be put in place. There are two types of scaffolding licence types, these are applicable to either standard free-standing scaffolding and section 169 for load support scaffolding. Your local council will have the authority to issue licences for scaffolding. A scaffolding licence costs £90 per 28 day period. For contractors there is an additional fee of £28 for any additional site visits required for inspection, this does not comply with the conditions of the licence.

Your local council will have an approved register of scaffolding contractors.

Scaffolding Training

In total, becoming a qualified scaffolder takes around three years to achieve. After an induction and health and safety testing process, a trainee scaffolder would be registered with the CISRS (Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme). Most of the training would be done on site under the supervision of chargehand scaffolders. The trainee would be continually assessed and the appropriate training courses would be booked through the National Construction College. There would be two week-long courses and a practical assessment to do. Scaffolding is considered one of the most physically demanding jobs in construction, lifting heavy items and working long hours in all kinds of weather conditions requires a certain level of physical fitness as well as a literacy and numeracy. Accurate usage of a tape measure is essential so it's helpful if a trainee is comfortable with imperial and metric measurements.

DH Scaffold Services Ltd is a specialist scaffold design company committed to providing a safe, cost-effective, and quality service. Established in 2011, we have years of industry experience and expertise as a scaffolding firm providing quality scaffolding solutions to countless customers. We offer a site survey service where we visit the location of your project and discuss the needs of your project with you or your client. DH Scaffold Services Ltd operate entirely in the UK, so please don’t hesitate to get in contact and we can provide a free quote, for a visit to your site. We are based in Sheffield so please get in touch to ask about a potential site visit or any other general queries and we will get back to you asap.
03/04/19
It’s difficult to walk down the street without seeing scaffolding at least once, especially if you live in a large city, but it’s likely that you haven’t paid it all that much attention in the past. However, as it’s one of the construction industry’s most useful innovations, it’s certainly worth paying attention to. As it turns out, scaffolding has an extremely interesting history, as we discuss here.

Early Beginnings

There’s been a need for scaffolding for as long as people have been building. After all, it’s highly difficult to work at height without a stable structure in place to support a worker and their tools. For this reason, evidence suggests that construction workers have been using scaffolding for thousands of years. Although early designs wouldn’t have been as sophisticated as modern structures, it’s a testimony to the effectiveness of the humble scaffold that it’s been a useful part of construction since the palaeolithic period.

Ancient Egypt

There are many ideas circulating about the construction of the pyramids, but it’s theorised that the Egyptians used scaffolding to transport heavy blocks to the top of the structure during the building process. During this time, the scaffolding they used would have been produced from wood and, as a result, would have been fairly easy to transport. This would have made it an extremely useful tool for construction workers to move further up the pyramid when laying the final blocks.

20th Century

It wasn’t until the 20th century that advancements in scaffolding began to see major changes. In the early 1900s, brothers David Henry Jones and David Palmer Jones invented the “Scaffixer” as a way of binding and clamping scaffolding poles. This was a truly exciting invention at the time of patenting because it offered a safer and much more durable alternative to rope. Following this, builders began to choose steel scaffolding poles instead of wooden structures, as they were much sturdier and less prone to weather-related deterioration

Modern Day

In recent years, as technology progresses dramatically, we’ve seen some big changes in scaffolding structures and the way they’re used. Steel scaffolding is still the preferred choice for many manufacturers, but we can now choose between a wide range of models and styles depending on the project’s requirements. There are also legal requirements in place to make sure that all scaffolding is erected and dismantled according to official safety standards, from weight restrictions to inspection checklists, governed by the European Union to protect all construction workers working at height.

At DH Scaffold Services Ltd, we’re proud to be part of such fascinating construction history. We offer only the highest quality scaffolding solutions to our valued customers from our HQ in Sheffield, and go above and beyond to prioritise safety and professionalism during every project. Whether you’re in need of scaffolding design packages, as-built structures or safety inspections, look no further for services you can trust.

For more information about our range of scaffolding services, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team of experts today.
03/04/19
When you take on a residential or commercial construction project, there is a lot to consider. Everything from scaffolding and skip hire to planning applications and insurance must be budgeted in, so it’s essential to make savings where you can. However, you also need to make sure you choose quality professional services that will create a long-lasting and premium finished product.

As with all industries, the construction industry is subject to frequent fluctuations in prices and when you take on a renovation project, it’s essential that you’re aware of how much everything is going to cost. The scaffolding industry remains fairly stable- materials are reused by companies and don’t need to be shipped in from elsewhere. However, as with anything, scaffolding services do vary across the UK and there are a lot of variables which can affect the cost for both trade contacts and customers alike. Below, we offer a guide to the cost of scaffolding services and the number of variables that affect the cost for the end consumer- the property owner.

Why use scaffolding services?

For many home renovation projects, scaffolding is an essential addition to the long list of services required. Whether you want to make your home more eco-friendly by adding solar panels or you’re planning a large loft conversion, it’s crucial that the tradesmen can access the higher parts of your home efficiently and safely. While some minor jobs may only require a ladder, for anything more elaborate you’ll most definitely require the services of a professional scaffolder.

Not only is the use of a ladder potentially dangerous, but erecting scaffolding is also more cost-effective for jobs that are going to take more than a couple of weeks. With scaffolding, more than one professional can work at a height at one time, which saves time for the construction team and therefore the overall labour costs. Also, heavy building materials can be kept up on the scaffolding for easy access, saving workers going up and down ladders and potentially risking injury.

So, overall, opting to erect scaffolding for a renovation or construction project is a cost-effective solution to managing those hard-to-reach jobs. However, it’s important to remember that there a number of different variables that can affect the price of scaffolding. Next, we explore some of those variables.

Scaffolding cost variables

The cost of scaffolding is dependant upon a number of factors that directly affect the price of scaffolding for a construction or renovation project. It’s the norm to pay for the cost of the material, plus the cost of labour for set-up and take down, however, the scaffolding cost per day mainly depends on the size and the amount of time it takes to set up, which are affected by the following factors:

Length of hire

While it may sound obvious, the length of time that the scaffolding is required has a significant impact on the cost and it pays to know the standard rules and regulations. Generally, the minimal rental period is usually six to eight weeks, but some companies may offer a short-term rental period if necessary. You’ll be provided with a fixed sum for this period, however, if your project overruns due to unforeseen circumstances and you need the scaffolding for longer than anticipated, you’ll have to make arrangements with your scaffolding company. In most cases, they’ll allow you to pay an additional weekly rate beyond the six to eight week period.

Height

Scaffolding structures range from simple first floor constructions to enormous structures that wrap around an entire multi-storey building. Depending on the size and height of the scaffolding, the costs can vary hugely. The higher the structure, the more expensive it will cost and if the scaffolders need to consider awkward spaces or structural outcrops when setting up the scaffolding, you’ll need to incorporate this into your budget.

Location

As with all trades, where you live will affect the price you pay for scaffolding. Scaffolding services in London are going to cost much more than the same service elsewhere in the UK, particularly a small rural village where there is less competition.

Number of levels

Scaffolding structures can be built to incorporate just one accessible level, or two or more levels for more extensive projects. For example, if you’re carrying out a full house paint, you’ll need multiple walkways scaling up the house. However, if you’re just fixing a chimney or re-tiling the roof, you’ll simply need one stable level at the top.

Restriction of public access

For most scaffolding projects, you won’t need to obtain a licence or official permission to erect the structure. However, if the scaffolding has to be built on a public road or footpath and it obstructs passers-by, you’ll need to arrange a licence from your local council, which comes at a price. If it’s a particularly large project, you may also have to arrange for a road closure or diversion, which can be very expensive. It’s important to be aware of the size of the scaffolding structure required and the logistics of where it’s going to stand in case you need to factor in these costs.

Special requirements

If your residential or commercial building is an unusual shape, this can make the work of a scaffolder much more difficult. If the scaffolding needs to bridge over a conservatory, pathway or driveway then the scaffolding team will have to make special alterations to the structure which can also come with additional costs. Equally, if the scaffolding needs to be erected on sloped or uneven ground, the footings may need to be specially altered in order to make the structure safe.

Ease of access

Following on from the previous point, if your site isn’t particularly easy to access or the set-up and take down requires a little more time and attention than a standard structure, you should expect additional costs. For example, if the property has no side passage and the scaffolders need to bring the equipment through the house, costs can increase. The cheapest scaffolding quotes are for projects that allow scaffolders to easily snap together a frame on a standard building.

Compare quotes from various scaffolding companies

When you choose to enlist the services of a professional scaffolding company, the best way to ensure you’re getting good value for money is to gather quotes from a minimum of three different scaffolding companies. By collecting at least three different scaffolding quotes from companies in your local area, you can get a good idea of how much your structure is going to cost, taking into account the variables we’ve described above. The best companies will be able to design a scaffolding structure that incorporates your site’s specific requirements, whilst also offering an efficient and cost-effective service.

At DH Scaffolding, we are a specialist scaffolding design consultancy for clients working within the construction industry. Our scaffolding designs ensure that our clients - and subsequently their customers - get the best scaffolding prices available. Our expert designers and engineers are able to take into account the specific requirements of the project to ensure that costs are kept to a minimum whilst also creating a bespoke scaffolding structure.

We offer site surveys where our team visit the site in question in order to discuss the needs of the project and gain an understanding of what type of scaffolding structure is required. Following this, we can provide a free quotation so that the construction team and property owner can get an idea of how much everything will cost.

We’re also able to provide additional work to existing structures- otherwise known as ‘as-built’ scaffolding. If an existing structure needs immediate additional work, costs can mount up quickly for construction teams and property owners alike. However, here at DH Scaffolding, we always make sure that our solution to the problem is fast, efficient and cost-effective.

At DH Scaffolding we’re proud of our loyal client base of around 2,000 happy customers, including civil engineering contractors, architects, structural engineers and scaffolding contractors- all of which trust our expert team to design the perfect scaffolding structure for any project they work on. So, if you’re in the Sheffield area and you find yourself searching for “scaffolding near me”, you’ll find that our premium-designed structures are highly recommended by a wide variety of local construction organisations.

If you’d like to find out more about what we do, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us via our website today. Or, simply give us a call on 0114 230 0923 for expert advice on scaffolding design, construction and pricing.