How To Protect Your Property From Scaffolding Related Risks

If you’re planning on having scaffolding professionally
installed at your premises there are few risk factors you need to
consider first, and precautionary measures that should be put into
place.

Although often necessary for the safe
completion of work at height, the installation of scaffolding can
put you at risk of loss in two ways:

1. Unwelcome Visitors

You may have carried out a thorough
security assessment of your building already, but once scaffolding
is installed there’s a whole new range of access points to
consider. If you normally leave upstairs windows ajar, it’s time to
find the keys and lock them up.

2. Invalidation Of Insurance
Policy

Check your insurance policy to find any
clauses relating to the installation of scaffolding. If in doubt
you should contact your insurer to discuss your options. You may
need to pay a small additional premium to cover the period during
which the scaffolding is in place, or make take certain precautions
to keep your insurance valid.

The Solution

Scaffold alarms can help property
owners comply with the terms of their insurance policy and protect
their premises from intruders.

Insurance policies can be invalidated
if the property owner has not taken all reasonable precautions to
remove or reduce the risk of loss or damage.

A scaffolding
alarm helps protect the property, the scaffolding equipment
and any construction materials left on site. Typically the alarms
consist of an infrared device that will be activated by movement or
body heat. The systems will be calibrated so that movement and heat
changes caused by the weather and wildlife will not activate the
alarm. They are typically set, reset and deactivated by a keypad.
The construction workers and property owners will have the access
code for this.

Scaffolding alarm systems can be
powered by solar energy or battery packs, this enables them to be
independent of the power supply for the building they are
protecting. For additional surveillance they can be linked to
television monitoring systems.

To ensure the alarm installed
adequately protects the building and its occupants, and meets with
the conditions stipulated by the insurance company, an NSI Approved
Installer should be used.

NSI Approval means the scaffold alarm
complies with NCP 115 Code. In order to comply with the code an
installer must take into account potential risks, identify areas of
intrusion weakness, and complete the installation in a consistent
manner.

If you are having scaffolding
installed, finding an NSI approved alarm installer should be high
on your to-do list.