Q2 2020

EU BUSINESS NEWS / Q2 2020 15 Scaffolding Superstars amount of time. Few businesses can lay claim to being the preferred scaffolding contractor within certain pharmaceutical plants, or to have repeat business from one of Ireland's premier waste management companies. For more delicate areas, such as the restoration of historical properties, it pays to have an expert such as Swift Scaffolding on hand to ensure that the project is handled in a manner appropriate to historical landmarks. These projects are not only detailed and sensitive, but require particular care to ensure that fragile and deteriorating properties are not unduly compromised. It’s a credit to the team that they are able to take advantage of contracts ranging from large businesses all the way down to smaller listed buildings. Safety has naturally taken top priority for the Swift Scaffolding team, and they have put numerous methods in place to ensure that any site that they work on is made all the safer by their efforts. The company safety statement forms the basis of all the business’s working practices, and is continuously reviewed to keep a track of any project specific elements or changes in legislation. To guarantee the safety of all working on the site, the team consists of qualified safety consultants who have experience liaising with a client’s in-house safety officers. In this way, all parties can be assured of total safety. The safety record that Swift Scaffolding has earned is excellent at all levels. To ensure that each employee is appropriately equipped, above industry standard PPE is provided at the commencement of employment and replaced as required. All working at height equipment is rigorously inspected and recorded daily for certain clients or to industry specification. All Swift Scaffolding operatives hold a safe pass and manual handling certificate, and all Swift Scaffolding scaffolders hold a minimum of either a CITB/FAS scaffold ticket. High standards are kept throughout with all personnel encouraged to build their own skillset. To facilitate this approach, the company has set aside a training budget specifically for professional development. This may include working at heights, confined space, harness inspection, personal track side training, team rescue from height, first aid, banksman, slingers, and MEWP. This approach is what keeps the team happy, well trained, and well equipped for any eventuality. Liz and Matt will openly tell you that their best asset is their team and they have worked hard to build up a crew of resourceful, reliable, and trusted staff who they value greatly. As the team work on several different and challenging projects, they have been able to build up their own resources, maintained to incredibly high standards. Transport, for example, is all handled in-house, with strict routine maintenance and servicing. Only materials that meet the stringent EN/BS requirements are used. As the company specialises in tube and fitting, it holds a large stock of tube. This versatile material can be erected to any shape or size on projects ranging from the awkward access in pharmaceutical plants to the restoration of the historical. With environmental concerns playing a bigger part in the world at large, it’s no surprise that companies like Swift Scaffolding have begun to explore ways to do better. One of the main ways in which this is done is through careful management of waste materials. Instead of disposing of items, where possible recycling is undertaken instead damaged steel is returned to the yard for assessment, fittings are serviced and lubricated regularly. Timber can always be cut down for other uses and when it reaches the end of its working life is recycled where possible. Paper was once a key contributor, but the team at Swift Scaffolding have made it their priority to use as little as possible. Any surplus paper is shredded and disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner. Scaffolding is an essential part of any project requiring height access and finding a contractor that can not only provide the necessary solutions but also adapts to suit new and challenging situations is an achievement. The team at Swift Scaffolding have made it their business to provide safe, secure scaffold solutions to the market, offering new concepts for their clients. Ultimately, it is this unique approach that has led the team to achieve such incredible success. Company: Swift Scaffolding Ltd Contact: Liz Senior Web Address www.swiftscaffolding.ie

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