Custom Scaffolding - Barrow Hill
Work begins by craning scaffolding equipment down to the base of the shaft – the scaffold to be erected is a designed structure which takes into account of the depth of the shaft and the weights involved.
The Scaffolders then make their way down a series of vertical ladders to start erecting the scaffold up from the base of the shaft. As a further safety measure a man is stationed at the top of the shaft to keep a constant watch on the operatives at work.
“One of the biggest issues is the strength of the wind,” says Keith Broom “if it's too windy then it is unsafe to lower the scaffold down the shaft, but if all is well the scaffolding gradually makes its way up the shaft in preparation for the maintenance work to begin. The scaffold takes about 10 weeks to complete”.