Can I build
scaffolding without a Licence?

How high can scaffolding be built without a license? The answer is four meters. Scaffolding work has a four-meter licensing threshold, meaning a high-risk work license may not be necessary for scaffold erection if it falls under this height. However, safety measures may still be necessary.

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Scaffolding: The Rules

The Scaffolding Direct London team examines the regulations regarding scaffolding without a license and what one should know. The common belief that ladders and stepladders are prohibited when working at height is not necessarily accurate. The law acknowledges that low-risk scenarios don’t require a scaffolding license, and it comes down to using good judgement.

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When do you need scaffolding?

It is the responsibility of the trader to assess the level of risk and use suitable equipment. While fixing a single broken tile on a low roof wouldn’t require a scaffolding license, installing solar panels at a high elevation would.

Traders must prioritise the safety of their workers, opting for ground-level work if feasible. If working at height is necessary, scaffolding must be used to minimise falling risks and a scaffolding license is required.

What sort of scaffolding is needed?

Standard scaffold designs are commonly used for residential properties, but custom designs may be necessary to ensure stability and safety.

Scaffolders or contractors must ensure the strength and rigidity of the structure by creating a tailored design.

Scaffolding without a licence?

A scaffolding license is not required for structures built within the boundaries of a residential property. However, if scaffolding must be erected on a pavement or road outside the property, a license must be obtained from the local council, such as London council.

To minimise risk to the public, scaffolding work should be scheduled during non-peak times or a highway closure obtained from the local council.

Scaffolding insurance

Before starting work, it’s important to ensure that the builder or scaffolding firm has insurance in place to cover the unique risks faced by scaffolders due to working at height, such as public liability insurance for injury to the public from falling objects, and employers’ liability insurance for injuries to workers. Verify that they have these insurance policies.

When should you check scaffolding?

The hirer or user of scaffolding is legally required to inspect the structure before use, every 7 days and after any alterations, damage, or adverse weather. They must ensure it’s safe and won’t pose a threat to the public. A health and safety supervisor must be present on site during work on a domestic or corporate property to minimise the risk of injury, falls, or death.

The Cost of Scaffolding and scaffold inspection inLondon

At Scaffolding Direct London, we are dedicated to delivering high-quality work on every job we take on. Before starting a project, we conduct a site visit to assess the location and develop an appropriate scaffold design to ensure a flawless execution.

Our top priority is ensuring the health and safety of all personnel on site, including our employees. We strictly follow all safety regulations during scaffolding work.

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