Have You Been Working in the Scaffolding Sector for Most of Your Career?
When leaving school at the age of 17 I started work as one of the scaffold labourers. The company that I worked for was located out of Chatham, Kent, made up of a 3-man gang. It was very dangerous and dirty work. Our team would arrive at 6 am at the yard each day for loading up the lorry. From here, we would move onto the work that was planned for the day. For many years, I worked in the position of a scaffolder, and only later was I able to advance my position when within TRAD, I was offered the opportunity to progress onto an Advanced Scaffold Inspector and from there a SHEQ Officer. Today, I am the Environment, Groups Safety, Quality, and Health Manager. (I am working as a part of our SHEQ team under the Group Safety Director).
What Has Changed about Scaffolding since the Year That You First Started?
When I first started work with smaller scaffolding businesses, the area of safety was somewhat poor, and not much training or education was provided. In fact, some of the scaffolders even preferred to …