As a contractor, you will regularly need to hire scaffolding when your employees need to work at heights. For instance, it could be you building a multi-storey building, conducting electrical or painting works. The excerpt below puts forward some questions you should use when interviewing scaffolding hire companies. 

1. What Scaffolding Options Do They Have? 

Most companies will want to know your project specifications to determine the type of scaffold that suits your needs. For example, a suspended scaffold would be ideal when conducting window cleaning works on a multi-storey building. On the other hand, steel scaffolding is suitable for masonry works, while a trestle scaffold would be ideal for internal painting or electric works. Challenging site conditions call for specialised scaffolding. For instance, a cantilever scaffolding is pinned on walls in areas where a steel scaffolding cannot be used. For example, it could be that the building you are building is on a busy street. 

2. What Are The Features? 

The company will also determine the scaffold features. For instance, you will need a wide platform if you will have several people on the scaffolding. Rails are a must-have to prevent falls. On the other hand, you might need a safety net to control debris when using a steel or cantilever scaffold. The company could also provide safety harnesses for employees working at extreme heights. 

3. Do They Provide Scaffolders? 

Scaffolders are professionals trained and experienced in scaffold operations. They are a critical aspect of scaffolding safety. The scaffolders will: 

  • Assess the site and determine where best to install the scaffolding.
  • Install and inspect the scaffolding to ensure it is fit to use.
  • Train site personnel on how to use the scaffolding.
  • Supervise the use of the scaffolding. For instance, they will ensure that the equipment is not overloaded.
  • Inspect, maintain, repair and disassemble the scaffolding. 

Some scaffolders are also trained riggers. Therefore, they could help out with other activities at the site when not working on the scaffold. 

4. Is The Scaffolding Insured? 

Although you should plan an accident, you should prepare for one. As such, inquire whether the scaffolding is insured. Adequate coverage ensures that you do not incur any losses if the scaffold collapses and gets damaged at your site. The cover will also compensate employees working on the scaffold. 

When hiring a scaffold, inquire about the available scaffolds, assess the scaffolding features, ask about the availability of scaffolders and check whether the scaffold is insured. Finally, do not forget to check the company's terms and pricing.