Royston Scaffolding Ltd were on hand to help the NHS by providing essential work for St Michael’s hospital in Bristol during the Covid-19 lockdown.
With social distancing restrictions and tight on-site measures put in place by the NHS, the scaffolding work took longer to construct than usual – but, even in extreme conditions, it was possible to continue.
The project involved building various structures to enable the pipework in the boiler room to be changed safely. The team originally began work just before lockdown. As a result, the site was cleared temporarily until it was determined how work could continue safely. Then, a team of three travelled in separate vehicles with a letter from the hospital outlining the essential work. This came in handy as the lorry carrying all the scaffold equipment was stopped and checked by police!
Power at the hospital was turned off for nine hours at a time to enable engineers to conduct their work safely. So, it was essential that the scaffolding crew built the structures quickly in time for this window. The largest scaffolding was a lifting frame structure, that allowed the engineers to lift the new pipework up and slide them through a hole in the wall on a Niko Track system.
The team adhered to the 2m social distancing rule and followed a one-way system throughout. And in addition to wearing their normal PPE the team also wore face coverings. Although the work took longer than planned, the Royston Scaffolding team were able to complete the structures in time for the engineers to conduct their work.