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Storm Damage: Scaffolding Up in Bradford

Posted By on Wednesday 30/03/2016 To all blogs

Storm Damage: Scaffolding Up in Bradford

The Bradford branch of TSB bank will be covered in scaffolding for the coming months as repair work begins on the roof after it was recently hit by high winds.

Badly Damaged

During the winter storms, which brought winds of up to 150mph, the roof of the bank was badly damaged, with pieces of masonry being blown from the building. The building is located on the corner of Tyrrel Street and Ivegate, within a pedestrianised zone.

A spokesperson for the bank said: "A temporary structure has been placed on the building's roof as a result of the damage caused to the bank by the recent storm. Work to repair the building hasn't started yet, so it isn't clear for what duration this scaffolding will be in place, because we don't know how long the work is going to take to complete."

Securing Scaffolding in High Winds

When strong winds are forecast, it is vital that checks are carried out to make sure that scaffolding is properly secured. Particular attention should be paid to the bracing and tie arrangements. Contractors should check ties for the correct pattern, while also making sure that a sufficient number of coupler connections have been used.

Other factors for consideration before high winds hit include securing walk boards if needed, and ensuring that any netting or sheeting is also secured, or perhaps even removed. Once the high winds have stopped, a full inspection of the scaffold, to check that no parts have fallen or come loose, should take place before the scaffold is put back into use.

Repair Work

The latest storm to hit the UK was Storm Katie, which stuck during over Easter Bank Holiday weekend, bringing strong winds and torrential rain. The Met Office has forecast an unsettled April, which means that those working at height to complete repair work on buildings damaged by the winter storms will have to be vigilant.


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