With technology moving forward at such a rapid rate, it can be surprising to discover the origins of today’s efficient working techniques. Scaffolding is far older than many would assume, with evidence dating back 17,000 years to the Palaeolithic era. Although materials have moved on since then, the key reasons for scaffolding remain the same. As such, our scaffolding contractors strive to keep construction teams, decorators and roofing experts safe from harm.
Scaffolding companies in Basingstoke and the surrounding areas must comply with UK health and safety laws, including the Work at Height Regulations 2005. When it comes to the construction and inspection of these structures, as well as temporary roofs, our scaffolding contractors deliver exceptional workmanship.
Read on to discover a brief history of scaffolding and then contact our scaffolding erectors to talk through the range of options available.
In Ancient Times
When looking at a modern scaffold, it’s hard to imagine its origins go as far back as the Old Stone Age or Ancient Greece. With scaffolding holes found near cave painting in France and the depiction of a temporary structure on Ancient Greek pottery, it’s clear that scaffolds have existed in some form for many thousands of years. There’s also evidence that Egyptians used wooden structures for the construction of large monuments, including the pyramids.
Today, scaffolding companies employ reliable materials for guard rails, platforms and hoists, ensuring the safest conditions possible. Our scaffolding contractors cover the Basingstoke area and will be delighted to provide a tailored solution for your requirements.
In Pre-War History
Before the 1900s, branches and bamboo were often used to create scaffolding. With the advent of metal materials, however, it was that new fixings were needed. Together, Daniel and David Palmer-Jones came up with scraffixer, which would ensure greater security for wood and metal scaffolds alike. Throughout the twentieth century, metal continued to rise in popularity.
As scaffolding erectors serving the Basingstoke region, we provide high-quality structures such as independent scaffolds and temporary roofs. Our experienced scaffolding contractors will inspect the structure to ensure its stability and can assist painters, decorators and construction firms with their needs.
In Post-War Britain
Although scaffolding contractors must now meet rigorous safety standards, this wasn’t always the case. Post-war Britain needed a great deal of construction work to repair the damage inflicted, with many workers taking on projects without harnesses, gloves or other important safety gear. Additionally, the workforce often consisted of unskilled labourers – untrained in the safe use of scaffolding. The modern world now demands more of its scaffolding companies and construction firms, enabling workers to renovate properties without fear of harm.
Scaffolding erectors are mandated to inspect their structures before use and every seven days thereafter. Skilled in the construction of temporary roofs, birdcage scaffolds and more besides, we work to assist clients at a domestic, commercial and even industrial level.
As trusted members of the Scaffolding Association, we provide the following services and more to clients in the Basingstoke area: