Scaffolding Demand and Liability
With cladding removal featuring in the news lately, pressure has been put on scaffolding supplies.
The need to make high-rise tower blocks across the UK safe in regards to cladding has seen upped pressure on scaffolding supplies. Scaffolding contractors are supporting the project to remove flammable cladding from council owned tower blocks nationwide. So far 120 tower blocks have been found to have flammable cladding, with the majority requiring scaffolding to support removal.
According to The Guardian, 37 councils identified buildings which did not make the grade, and work to remove the cladding is already underway in Portsmouth, Manchester, Salford, Doncaster, Plymouth and more towns across the UK.
The immediate timescales for the project has seen a spike in demand of scaffolding and other such access products, which could in turn lead to further short-term rises in scaffolding prices already seen due to post-Brexit rises in the costs of steel and timber and a weaker pound.
Scaffolding firms are reminded to check that there are no relevant height restrictions in their liability insurance policy.