by Frederike Berg
Is scaffolder the right job for you? – Six characteristics that make a scaffolder
You need variety and action in your everyday life? Is a desk job not for you? Then you already have the first prerequisites for the profession of a scaffolder. In our blog, we have already compiled an overview of how to become a scaffolder. But how are you supposed to know whether you might even be a born scaffolder? To help you out, here are the most important characteristics of a scaffolder.
1. Teamwork is right up your street
As a passionate loner, you will quickly reach your limits in scaffolding. Communication and teamwork are the keys to success here. As in almost every job, you should be able to coordinate quickly and purposefully with your team colleagues and other trades so that you can achieve the best possible result together.
2. Fear of heights is completely alien to you
It's only logical that you'll be working high up in scaffolding. So if you get shaky knees when you look down from a height, you might want to reconsider your career aspiration as a scaffolder. Because in scaffolding, you don't always walk relaxed on secured scaffolding planks, but you also have to keep your nerve when you need to secure yourself with personal protective equipment (PPE) to pass less stable surfaces.
3. You are fit and don't mind physical work
Your job often involves heavy lifting and being on your feet almost the entire working day. Good physical condition and fitness are therefore indispensable.
4. You are technically skilled
So that you can carry out your work safely, it is of course an advantage if you’re not all thumbs. Of course, you will also learn many manual skills during your training as a scaffolder. But if you already have some talent for crafts, chances are good that you will be able to work in this profession for a long time.
5. You have a good sense of responsibility
If you work at great heights and have to erect safe working platforms, you are not only responsible for your own safety, but also for the safety of others. During your training as a scaffolder, you will learn the current health and safety regulations. Implementing these responsibly should be a matter of course for you.
6. You keep a cool head even under time pressure
In almost all construction projects, tight schedules have to be adhered to. And this also applies when, for example, bad weather causes unplanned delays, there are unexpected overlaps with other trades or last-minute changes have to be made to the scaffolding. Nevertheless, it is essential to demonstrate good time management and to work with foresight and in a solution-oriented manner.
Do you recognise yourself in these soft skills of the scaffolder? Then it might be worth your while to look further into a career in this versatile profession. You can find out more about training as a scaffolder in our blog.
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