Storm Damage: Scaffolding Up in Bradford

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

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