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Scaffolder

Scaffolders assemble rigging gear. This involves taking erecting steel frames and putting them into position. Once construction is completed, this job consists of removing the structural steel frames.

Duties and tasks

  • Erecting guardrails
  • Erecting lifting tackles by attaching pulleys as well as blocks and then fixing them to overhead
  • Hanging safety nets and guard rails
  • Installing support braces and structures
  • Laying planks
  • Lifting sections of scaffolding and then positioning them
  • Placing mesh and reinforced steel into position
  • Positioning different sections of scaffolding

Skills required

  • Attention to Detail
  • Ensuring that machines function properly by viewing various indicators
  • Problem Solving Skills
  • Properly handling machinery and systems
  • Reacting to others actions and changing actions accordingly

Working conditions

Scaffolders have a higher risk of injury than other professions. Stating that scaffolding is demanding work is an understatement, and the job comes with a clear risk of injury. Work is performed outside, regardless of weather, and it employs a variety of equipment that could be dangerous. Falls from scaffolding and ladders do take place, but there are additional risks as well. Workers face many of the same risks as construction workers, which includes exposure to chemicals, injury from tools and more.

Related jobs and job titles

  • Bricklayer
  • Construction Worker
  • Rigger
  • Roofer
  • Steel Fixer
  • Tradesmen
  • Wall and Floor Tiler