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Surely scaffolding planks should be secured?

Discussion in 'Roofing and Guttering' started by Roton600, 18 Feb 2012.

  1. Roton600

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    Surely scaffolding planks should be secured?

    My neighbour is having Solar panels fitted and one of the scaffolding planks at 1st floor level has just slide off and smashed into my bay window tiles!

    Two tiles on the end of the ridge smashed and of course it started to rain straight away!

    made a temporary fix to stop the influx of rain!

    My neighbour got onto the company straight away and the guy has come out and will get his roofer to come out tomorrow and either fix it or on Monday if no tiles in stock.

    But surely this should not happen, it could have been much worse?

    How should planks be secured?
     
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    Traditional scaffold boards are not normally secured, and don't jst slide off

    If its a tower or suchlike with lightweight aluminium staging, then these normally have anti-lift clips
     
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    The boards blew of a job I was doing about a month ago 12' planks lucky they landed in the field 25 yds away. yes they should be fixed down but frequently not.
     
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    Woody's right planks aren't normally secured but in exposed conditions or around a particulary vunerable building they sometimes are.
    There are a number of ways to do it, the simplist is to tie each plank down with a single clip . I don't mean single as in just one clip per board I'm refering to what are sometimes called putlog clips and normally two are used per board at least. An alternative is to clamp a scaffold pole across the top of the boards which in itsself creates a wonderful tripping hazard and I've also seen planks lashed down with rope.
    Still the good thing is the company responsible have acted quickly.
     
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    there are specific clips for boards.... not many company use them and if they do only on short boards or in exposed places...
     
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    I'd forgot about them, it's been so long since I've seen one used :LOL:
     
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    We won't take handover of a scaffold unless boards are strapped/clipped. Domestic applications included.
     
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    The roofing guy has just been out and will be sorting out the tiles Monday, so that,s good.

    The next question:
    Should i be making a complaint to the Solar panel installer company, who have obviously subcontracted the scaffolding to a local company telling them of the problem, or anyone else as although it is getting fixed, it could have been a lot worse.

    http://www.diynot.com/network/Roton600/albums/
     
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    I don't know about a complaint seeing as the scaffold company have accepted they are to blame and are acting quickly and in good faith to solve the problem , so everything in this case is amicable. However, it may be worth informing the solar company of what has happened , they may then revise future orders for scaffold.
     
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    My thoughts too. From the language i was expecting at least a modest amount of damage.

    I would be more upset by the lack of head-lap on those tiles and thank the scaffolding company for exposing poor workmanship.
     
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    Yes, turn a negative into a positive. LOL
     
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    What's head-lap?

    also main picture now of the broken tile not just the cracked one

    Tiles changed, but not as well as i would have liked, will upload pictures tomorrow for an opinion, as they don't sit down properly
     
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    Its the distance one tile overlaps the next one down.
     
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