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Scaffolding timber scares are all hype

Sir, I run a scaffold supply company based in the south of England.

We take pleasure in the fact that our services are used by scaffold contractors of all sizes, from national companies though to one-man operations.

Over the past few years we have become involved in the supply of timber scaffold boards.

We have taken a great deal of time and expense to make sure the supply quality is good and our staff follow strict guidelines.

But some UK timber suppliers now appear to be carrying out a tactic of scaremongering regarding the safety standards of new and used scaffold boards on construction sites.

They seem to be telling contractors that you have to have boards that are machinetested and banded - boards that conveniently only they have the machinery to supply.

As far as my company is concerned, we believe that the use of scaffold boards and other scaffolding equipment is all down to the individual scaffold erector and safety officer.

We supply three grades, including Grade A visually inspected boards.

But we do not believe there is any standard currently in place compelling the contractor to purchase machine-tested and banded products If any reader cares to comment on this I would be very interested to hear from them.

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