Access Solutions Scaffolding from its early days realised that perhaps one of the most overlooked areas within the scaffolding industry is the quality of the scaffolding operative. After becoming increasingly frustrated with the standard of operative available from labour agencies and recruiting through press advertisement, we took the long term approach of recruiting and training a quality workforce from the bottom up.

Personnel are recruited through our yard system, where they can be monitored for attitude to work and health & safety procedures, and willingness to carry out instruction from management. Whilst working in the yard they will undertake a full induction into SHEprocedures and will participate in various training courses such as:

1. Manual handling. 

2. Abrasive wheel & power tool use.

3. Fork Lift Operation.

4. Groundsman/COTS course (in preparation for working with a team of scaffolders). 

5. Health, Safety and Environment Course.

When a position becomes available to work on site as a scaffolding labourer a suitable applicant is offered the position after successfully passing a CSCS health & safety test and the issue of their CISRS Scaffolding Labourer’s Card. After a suitable period of time scaffolding labourer aged under the age of 25 will be offered the chance to attend an assessment with the CITB for possible entry on to a scaffolding apprentice- ship. If accepted they will embark on an approximately two-year course and on completion will complete Part 1, Part 2, and NVQ/2 qualification and achieve their CISRS scaffolder’s card. Supplemented with in-house and external training courses such as:

1. Personal Track Safety Training.
2. LUL Entry Permit.
3. EUSR Utility SHEA (Gas) Training.
4. Asbestos Awareness.
5. Working at Height Course.
6. CITB Slinger/Signaller Course.
7. First Aid Training.
8. LGV Training.
9. Lead Hands: Duties & Responsibilities Course, and scaffold inspection.

By having a carefully structured personnel selection system and training plan has developed a quality well trained workforce. Indeed the system has been so successful that nearly 50% of operatives have only worked within the scaffolding industry previously.

Management of scaffolding operatives is undertaken by a team of CITB trained Supervisors. These supervisors, along with their regular duties, undertake regular toolbox talks and harness inspections, and with the assistance of our Safety/Training Officer ensure the quality of our operation is maintained at all times.