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Scaffolder

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Scaffolder
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€20 - 39
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Last Updated: March, 2017

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Builds scaffolding structure on building sites and at outdoor events using metal pipes and poles.


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Scaffolders put up scaffolding or working platforms for construction workers to use when building, maintaining or repairing buildings and structures. Some also build stands for spectators at sports events and concerts.  
 
Scaffolding consists of metal tubes, connections and fixing fittings, and wooden or metal platforms. Horizontal and upright tubes are joined together with fittings to form a framework and positioned on the foundation timbers. The scaffold boards are placed on to the first level of tubing framework. Scaffolders repeat this process, using ladders for access, until they reach the required height. Finally, they remove their own ladders, leaving some in place to provide access to the different levels. They tie the ladders firmly into place. Scaffolders use scaffolding to erect semi permanent or permanent structures for spectator stands or stages.  
 
For interior work scaffolders usually construct a tower scaffold, using pieces that slot into each other. The tower is often placed on wheels and can be moved around. On large projects they also erect scaffolding inside for painting and decorating jobs.  
 
Scaffolders have to follow carefully the requirements of each job. For example, a stronger platform is needed by bricklayers, to support piles of bricks, than by painters and decorators. They also have to stick to strict safety regulations relating to the minimum size of working platforms and handrails. They also have to fit safety nets and guard rails as they work, for their own safety, and to protect people walking underneath the scaffolding.


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Control traffic passing near, in, or around work zones.

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Clean or prepare construction sites to eliminate possible hazards.

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Signal equipment operators to facilitate alignment, movement, or adjustment of machinery, equipment, or materials.

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Read plans, instructions, or specifications to determine work activities.

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Load, unload, or identify building materials, machinery, or tools, distributing them to the appropriate locations, according to project plans or specifications.

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Measure, mark, or record openings or distances to layout areas where construction work will be performed.

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Dig ditches or trenches, backfill excavations, or compact and level earth to grade specifications, using picks, shovels, pneumatic tampers, or rakes.

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Mix, pour, or spread concrete, using portable cement mixers.

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Tend pumps, compressors, or generators to provide power for tools, machinery, or equipment or to heat or move materials, such as asphalt.

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Erect or dismantle scaffolding, shoring, braces, traffic barricades, ramps, or other temporary structures.

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The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Handling and Moving Objects: Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

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Performing General Physical Activities: Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates: Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment: Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge: Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings: Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems: Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment: Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles.

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Controlling Machines and Processes: Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).

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Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material: Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.


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The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Building and Construction: Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.

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Mechanical: Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

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Administration and Management: Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

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Public Safety and Security: Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

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Mathematics: Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Coordination: Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Operation and Control: Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

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Operation Monitoring: Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

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Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Complex Problem Solving: Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

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Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Time Management: Managing one's own time and the time of others.

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Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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As a scaffolder you must enjoy working as part of a team and be careful in your work. You must have a head for heights as the work is often carried out several storeys above the ground.  
 
You need to be physically fit, as you will often have to climb ladders and carry and lift materials. You should have good hand - eye coordination. You need to be fully aware of health and safety regulations. Almost all the work is outdoors.


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Organisation: Construction Industry Federation
Address: Construction House, Canal Road, Dublin 6
Tel: (01) 406 6000
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