A construction professional trained in putting up platforms and scaffolds is known as a scaffolder. These individuals can erect scaffolds related to building construction, and they can also work on offshore oil rigs, power stations, and projects such as parade viewing platforms. The pay is typically low, because the work is fairly basic, although those who specialize in more complex types of jobs may be able to obtain better salaries.
Being a scaffolder is not as easy as it sounds. The person will have to be a high school graduate and physically fit. It is also helpful if you are not afraid of heights. Training for this provided during the job while hard workers and fast learners get the chance at an early promotion.
The first step involves finding out the requirement and coming up with a plan. Scaffolds are generally made of metal and uses clips to snap into place. This allows fluid configuration of the scaffold structure as per needs. Wood is also sometimes used. After the scaffolding is set up, platforms are made to walk and hold tools. Safety nets and other safety measures should also be kept in place in some cases. After completing the job, the scaffolds can be easily dismantled and moved.
Construction of new buildings or renovation of any structure will utilise scaffolds. A skilled scaffolder can work as part of a team of people to put up a stable, well-anchored scaffolding that may stay up for weeks, months, or years, depending on the job. Periodically the scaffold needs to be reconfigured based on the need of the progress of the work. This is also particularly true in cases of restoration to avoid any sort of damage to the structures underneath the scaffolding. Scaffolders need to keep up with the restoration or the construction and periodically adjust the scaffolds as necessary.