Safety is very important on construction sites and workers must be able to safely reach the parts of the structure they are working on. Scaffolders erect the temporary framework used to support people and material in the construction or repair of buildings and other large structures. They join horizontal and upright metal tubes together with fittings, and position them on foundation timbers that safely carry and spread the load. They fix scaffold boards onto the framework, working up several levels until they reach the required height for the job, leaving ladders tied firmly in place to provide access to different work platform levels.

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By law, designers, scaffolding contractors, workers who carry out scaffolding work and principal contractors all have specific responsibilities for scaffolds and scaffolding on a construction site.